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Anderson, Eleanor P. 

Hou> to Recruit and Train Sunday School Teachers. 108:6, 
June, p. 12. 

Anderson, Milliam H. 

Philip: Salesman for Jesus. 108:6, June, p. 6-7,9. 

Barnes, Darrel 

Year of Change at Brethren Care, A. 10B:2, February, p. 

Barnett, Harold E. 

United States — Soviet Relations. 108:2, February, p. 8-9. 

Earr, Gerald A. 

Paying the Price. 108: A, April, p. 6-7. 

Eeekley, Charles G. 

Reversing the Trend. 108:11, December, p. 8-9. 

Black, James R. 

Another Overview. 108:3, March, p. 12. 

Brady, William W. 

Barriers or Bridges'? 108:5, May, p. 6-8. 

College Corner Brethren Church Celebrates Hundredth 
Anniversary/Homecoming Weekend. 108:11, December, p. 11-12. 

Brohm, Tom 

Neuj Discoveries in Love. 106:3, March, p. 10. 

Chesky, James 
- Saving Rare Judean Leopards. 108:6, June, p. 13. 

Clark, Judy 

Glorious Disaster - God's Vision. 108:6, June, p. 8-9. 

Clouidis, Marie 

E;?perience of Christ's Healing Power, An. 108:5, May, p. 


Harvest Daze of the Oakville First Erethrer, Church. 
108:10, November, p. 4-6 

Helen Galbraith, Maintaining Her Weight Loss by God's 
Strength. 108:1, January, p. B-9. 

Cooksey, David E. 

Paul Before the Rulers of the Jews. 108:11, December, p. 


Drushal, Mary Ellen 

Sunday School Is Not a Spectator Sport. 108:1, January, 

p. 13. 

Diilard, Robert D. 

Pastor and Youth Ministry, The. 108:5, May, p. 13. 

Finks, Frederick J. 

What Does God Look Like? 108:1, January, p. 14,17. 

Flora, Jerry R. 

Our Glass Is Half Full. 108:7, July/August, p. 4-5. 

Flora, Julia Ann 

Woman's Missionary Society: Looking to Its Centennial 
Celebration, The. 108:9, October, p. 6,8. 

French t, Leora 

Five-Thousand-Year — Old Homes Uncovered in Jerusalem. 
1DS:3, March, p. 17,19. 

Funkhouser, Mitchell W. 

No Trivial Pursuit' 108:5, May, p. 11-12. ..--■- 

Garner, Timothy P. " 

From Complacent to Courageous Christianity. 108:3, March, 
p. 6-7, 

Victims Have Names. 108:4, April, p. 14,17. 

Garner; Warren K. 

Spiritual State of C>ur Church, The. 108:8, September, p. 

Triads of Love. 108:9, October, p. 7. 

Geaslen, Gene A. 

On the Move at the Brethren's Home. 108:2, February, p. 

Gilmer, Arden E. 

Installing a Dean. 108:1, January, p. 16-17. 

Gleason, Michael 

Sidewalk Strangers. 108:2, February, p. 4-5. .. 

Grumbling, Glenn 

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stewardship: an Expression of Christian Commitment. 
108:11, December, p. 10. 

Hannan, Steve 

Joyce Lamb: Finding Success at AC. 108:9, October, p. 
12, 14. 

Kumar, K. Prasanth 

India: Ministry Overview. 108:3, March, p. 14,16. 

Laii>son, Dan L. 

Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts. 108:^, May, p. 4-5. 

Equipped to Build. 108:4, April, p. 4-^. 

Using Your Spiritual Gifts. 108:6, June, p. 4-5. 

Lersch, Jr., E. Philip 

Launching a Neu» Year. 108:10, November, p. 10. 
Nicaragua. 10e:E<, September, p. 9. 

Logan, Chantal 

Colombia: Memories of 1985. 108:3, March, p. 15-16. 

Loi , David 

Reasons to Praise God in Malaysia. 108:3, March, p. 13i 

McCann, Marl in L. 

Into Africa. 108:4, April, p. 12-13,15. 

Martin, Joan 

When Someone Sees Me in the Bad Times. 108:10, November, 

p. e-9, 

Maust , John 

Blessed in Order to Bless. 108:11, December, p. 2. 
Focusing on Changed Lives. 108:2, February, p. 2. 
Missionary Hospitality. 108:6, June, p. 2. 
F'raying for Nations. 108:4, April, p. 2. 
Racism: Call It By Name. 108:7, July/August, p. 9. 
Why Does God Allow Violence? 108=9, October, p. 2. 

Menninger, James J. 

Vision of Campus Ministry, The. 108:9, C)ctober, p. 13-14, 

Moore, Briah H. 

Voice From the Fiery Skies, A. 108:3, March, p. 8-10. 

Munson, Charles R. 

Lou) Flame Burning, A. 108:8, September, p. 6-7. 

Nordtvedt, Matilda 

Greet the Dawn With Song) 108:7, July/August, p. 8. 

Payne, James A. 

Giving While You're Living. 108:1, January, p. 12. 

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Schoenhals, G. Roger 

Five Affirmations of Easter. 108:3, March, p. A-5. 

Scott, Kerry L. 

Task of the Church, The. 108:8, September, p. A-5. 

Shi ff left, Alvin 

Airy Hosts Among Us, The. 108:8, September, p, 2. 
Bogus Theology of Wealth. 108:5, May, p. 2. 
Caretakers of the Keys. 108:10, November, p. 2. 
Excuse Me, What Year Is It? 108:1, January, p. 2. 
Stick Out Your Tongue! 108:3, March, p. 2. 
Time to Laugh, A- 108:7, July /August, p. 2. 

Smith, Michael E. 

Getting the Right Attitude. 108:4, April, p. 15. 

Solomon, George W. 

Accept One Another. 108:1, January, p. 10-11. 

Encourage One Another. 108:2, February, p. 6-7. 

Shultz, John C. 

What if... 7 108:1, January, p. 15. 

Shultz, Joseph R. 

Partnership in Excellence. 108:9, October, p. 11. 

Smith, Doris 

All 66 in '86. 108:6, June, p. 10-11. 

Symon, Pamela 

Restoring Jerusalem's Old City. 108:1, January, p. 13. 

Trouten, Doug 

Religion in Review. 108:2, February, p. 13-14,17. 

Van Auken, Richard A. 

Partnership in Excellence. 108:9, Cictober p. 10. 

Walk, William D. 

C'bstacles: God's Opportunities. 108:10, November, p. 6-7. 

Warnfer, Michael 

Loving Youth Enough to Trust Them. 108:10, November* p. 

Waters, Ronald L. 

It's About Time. 108:4, April, p. 8-9. 

Waters, Ronald W. 

Prepared For Spontaneity. 108:7, July/August, p. 6-7. 

Westfall, Robert 

Hunger For Truth, A. 108:9, October, p. 4-5. 

Weidenhamer, Jeffrey D. 

Earthkeeping: Is It a Christian Responsibility? 108:1, 
January, p. 4-5. 

Winfield, Richard C. 

Day of Pentecost, The. 108:1, January, p. 6-7. 



Accept One Another. George W. Solomon. 108:1, January, 
P . 10-11. 


Airy Hosts Among Us, The. Alvin Bhifflett. 108:8, 
September, p. 2. 


AC Honors Joseph R. Shultz as 1986 C)utstanding Alumnus. 
108: 10, November, p. 18. 

Joyce Lamb: Finding Success at AC. Steve Hannan. 108:9, 
October, p. 12, 14. 

Nine Brethren Students Are Among 1986 Ashland College 
Graduates. 108:6, June, p. 19. 

Partnership in Excellence. Richard A. Van Auken. 108:9, 
October, p. 10. 

Partnership in Excellence. Joseph R. Shultz. 108:9, 
C'ctober, p. 11. 

Scholarship Fund Established to Honor J. Ray 
Kl ingensmi ths. 108:10, November, p. 21. 

Vision of Campus Ministry, The. Jim Menninger. 108:9, 
October, p. 13-14. 


Associate Professor Appointed at ATS to Teach Old 
Testament and Hebrew. 108:4, April, p. 21. 

ATS Honors Rev. George Solomon as Outstanding Alumnus of 
Year. 108:5, May, p. 17. 

Installing a Dean. Arden E. Gilmer. 108:1, January, p. 

Six Brethren Men Receive Degrees From Ashland Theological 
Seminary. 108:7, July/August, p. 20. 

What Does God Look Like? Fred J. Finks. 108:1, January, 
p. 14,17. 

What If...? John C. Shultz. 108:1, January, p. 15. 


Stewardship of Your Benevolent Support. George Snyder. 
108:2, February, p. 12. 


Barriers or Bridges? Williani W. Brady. 108:5, May, p. 

From Complacent to Courageous Christianity. Timothy P. 
Garner. 108:3, March, p. 6-7. 

Hunger For Truth, A. Robert Westfall. 108:9, C'ctober, p. 

Obstacles: God's Opportun i t le, William D. Walk. 108:10, 
November, p. 6-7. 

Paul Before the Rulers of the Jews. David E. Cooksey. 
108:11, December, p. 6-7. 

Paying the Price. Gerald A. Barr. 108:A, April, p. 6-7. 

Philip: Salesman for Jesus. William H. Anderson. 108:6, 
June, p. 6-7, 9. 

Prepared For Spontaneity. Ronald W. Waters. 108:7, 
July /August, p. 6-7. 


All 66 in '86. Doris Smith. 108:6, June, p. 10-11. 


James F. Black. 108:9, r)ctober, p. 18. 


Year of Change at Brethren Care, A. Darrel Barnes. 108:2, 
February, p. 10. 


Louj Flame Burning, A. Charles Munson. 108:8, September, 
P. 6-7. 

Our Glass Is Half Full. Jerry R. Flora. 108:7, ' '' 
July/August, p. A-5. 

Triads of Love. Warren K. Garner. 108:9, C>ctober, p. 7. 


New Kissimmee Class Recognized by Florida District 
Conference. 108:5, May, p. 16. 


Great Is the Lord Is Devotional Theme of 99th Brethren 
Conference of Indiana. 108:7, July/August, p. 17. 


Commitment Is Theme of Midwest Conference Held September 
19-21 at Cheyenne Church. 108:10, November, p. 17. 


N. California District Conference Held in Lathrop 
Congregation's New Building. 108:5, May, p. 16. 


Missionary K. Prasanth Kumar Presents Message at Ohio 
District Conference. 108:9, October, p. 15. 


Ohio District Conference Holds Spring Meeting at Newark 
ChciV^cF. f06:4, April, p. 20. 


Get Off Shelf, Be Willing to Change, Delegates to Penna. 
Conference Told. 108:8, September, p. 21. 


SE District Seats First Delegates From North Carol line 
Congregation. 108:6, June, p. 20. 

Southeastern District Focuses on Family Life at Fall 
Conference. 108:10, November, p. 20. 


Faith and Family is Focus of Southwest District 
Conference. 108:6, June, p. 21. 


Dr. Warren Garner Assumes Duties of General Conference 
Moderator. 108:1, January, p. 19. 

"Faith and Family" the 98Th General Conference of the 
Brethren Church. 108:7, July/August, p. 11-15. 

General Conference Report. 108:8, September, p. 13-20. 

Low Flame Burning, A. Charles Munson. 108:8, September, 
p. 6-7. 

Rev. William Kerner to Retire as Dir. of Pastoral 
Ministries. 108:8, September, p. 21. 

Spiritual State of C)ur Church, The. Warren Garner. 108:8, 
September, p. 10-12. 

Brethren Resolve for Peace. 108:6, June, p. 14,16. 
Launching a New Year. Phil Lersch. 108:10, November, p. 



Fifty-Five Pastors and Wives Attend 1986 Brethren Pastor's 
Conference. 108:7, July/August, p. 18. 


Investors' Group Buys Pub. Co. Building; Plans to Remodel 
For Church Headquarters. 108:10, November, p. 16> 

Publishing Company Employee Completes Twenty-Five Years 
With the Company. 108:6, June, p. 19. 


C)n the Move at the Brethren's Home. Gene A. Geaslen. 
108:2,, February, p. 11. 


Shipshewana Retreat Acquires Land; Launches "Friends of 
Camp" Program. 108:3, March, p. 20. - 


Encourage One Another. George W. Solomon. 1DB:2, 
February, p. 6-7. 

Greet the Dawn With Song! Matilda Nordtvedt. 108:7, 
July /August, p. 8. 

Stick Out Your Tongue' Alvin Shifflett. 108:3, March, p. 

When Someone Sees Me in the Bad Times. Joan Martin. 
108:10, November, p. 8-9. 


Task of the Church, The. Kerry Scott. 108:8, September, 
p. 4-5. 


Waterloo, lA. 108:4, April, p. 17,19. 


Bloomingdale Community Church, Brandon. 108:10, November, 
p. 15. 

Sarasota. 108:5, May, p. 15. 

Sarasota. 108:11, December, p. 13. 


Ardmore, South Bend. 108:10, November, p. 18. 

Burlington. 108:7, July/August, p. 16. 

Carmel . 108:10, November, p. 14-15. 

College Corner. 108:6, June, p. 17. 

College Corner. 108:9, C)ctober, p. 20. 

College Corner. 108:11, December, p. 11.-12. 

County Line. 108:6, June, p. 8-9. 

Flora. 108:3, March, p. 21. 

Flora. 108:9, October, p. 21. 

Flora. 108:10, November, p. 20. 

Jefferson. 108:2, February, p. 15. 

Loree. 108:7, July/August, p. 19. 

Muncie. 108:1, January, p. 19. 

Muncie. 108; 6, June, p. 22. 

Nappanee. 108:7, July/August, p. 19. 

Nappanee. 108:8, September, p. 21. 

North Liberty. 108:5, May, p. 15. 

C»akville. 108:10, November, p. 4-6. 

Peru. 108:7, July/August, p. 19. 

Roanoke. 108:3, March, p. 20. 

Roann. 108:10, November, p. 19. 

South Bend. 108:5, May, p. 17. 

South Bend. 108:9, October, p. 15. 

Teegarden. 108:5, May, p. 15. 

Marsaui. 108:1, January, p. 22. 

Winding Waters, Elkhart. 108:10, November, p. 16. 

Cheyenne, WY. 108:5, May, p. 15. 
Cheyenne, WY. 108:7, July/August, p. 16. - 

Lathrop. 108:3, March, p. 18. 
Northgate Community Church, Manteca. 108:1, January, p. 



Brethren Bible, Louisville. 108:9, October, p. 19. 

Medina. 108:4, April, p. 20. 

Newark. 108:11, December, p. 12. 

Park St., Ashland. 108:6, June, p. 18. 

Pleasant Hill. 108:5, May, p. 17. 

Scioto Brethren Fellowship, Columbus. 108:10, November, 
p. 13. 

Smoky Roii>, Columbus. 108:10, November, p. 14. 

West Alexandria. 108:10, November, p. 17. 

Berlin. 108:4, April, p. 21. 

Highland, Marianna. 108:11, December, p. 14, 
Pittsburgh. 108:6, June, p. 18. 
Rays town. 108:10, November, p. 21. 

Valley, Jones Mills. 108:7, July /August, p. 20. 
Valley, Jones Mills. 108:9, October, p. 18. 
Wayne Heights, Waynesboro. 108:9, C>ctober, p. 9. 


Hagerstown, MD. 108:l, January, p. 21. 
Hagerstown, MD. 108:3, March, p. 21. 
Hagerstown, MD. 108:6, June, p. 21. 
Linwood, MD. 108:4, April, p. 18. 
Linwood, MD. 108:5, May, p. 14. 
Linwood, MD. 108:7, July/August, p. 21. ,. 
Maurertown, VA. 108:3, March, p. 19. 
Maurertoun, VA. 108:9, C)ctober, p. 21. 
St. James, MD. 108:4, April, p. 19. 


Five Affirmations of Easter. G. Roger Schoenhals. 108:3, 
March, p. 4—5. 


Earthkeeping : Is It a Christian Responsibility? Jeff 
Weidenhamer. 108:1, January, p. 4-5. 


Barriers or Bridges? William W. Brady. 108:5, May, p. 

Hunger For Truth, A. Robert Westfall. 108:9, October, p. 

Impressions of Amsterdam 86. 108:8, September, p. 7-8. 

Obstacles: God's Opportuni tes. William D. Walk. 108: lO, 
November, p. 6—7. 

Sidewalk Strangers. Michael Gleason. 108:2, February, 
p. 4-5. 

Paul Before the Rulers of the Jeus. David E. Cooksey. 
108:11, December, p. 6-7. 

Paying the Price. Gerald A. Earr. 108:4, April, p. 6-7. 

Prepared For Spontaneity. Ronald W. Waters. 108:7, 
July/August, p. 6-7. 


Southeastern District Recognizes Ordination of Rev. Ernest 
Gheen. 108:10, November, p. 18. 


Bradley A. Hardesty. 108:9, October, p. 16. 


G. Emery Hurd Ordained an Elder in October 6 Service at 
Cheyenne. 108:1, January, p. 20. 


Fi ve-Thousand~Veai — Old Homes Uncovered in Jerusalem. Leora 
Frucht. 108:3, March, p. 17,19. 

Restoring Jerusalem's Old City. Pamela Symon . 10B:l, 
January, p. 18. 


Five Affirmations of Easter. G. Roger Scoenhals. 108:3, 
March, p. 4-fi. 


Rev. William Kerner to Retire as Dir. of Pastoral 
Ministries. 108:8, September, p. 21. 


Russell C. King. 108:9, October, p. 16. 


Dan L. Lautson C»rdained an Elder June 8 at College Corner 
Church. 108:7, July/August, p. 17. 


Encouraging Hugs. 108:4, April, p . 9. 


Missionary Hospitality. John 108:6, June, p. 2. 


Another Overview. James R. Black. 108:3, March, p. 12. 

Focusing on Changed Lives. John Maust. 108:2, February, 
p. 2. 


Colombia: Memories of 1985« Chantal Logan. 106:3, March, 
P. 15-16. 




India: Ministry Overvieiu. K. Prasanth Kumar. 108:3, March, 
p. 14,16. 


Developing a Home Missions Spirit. 108:10, November, p. 


Reasons to Praise God in Malaysia. David Loi. 108:3, 
March, p. 13. 


Nicaragua. Phil Lersch. 108:8, September, p. 9. 


Beekley, Peggy G. 108 = 5, May, p. 18. 
Curtright, Viola W. 108:2, February, p. 18. 
Geaslen, Rodger H. 108:1, January, p. 22. 
Hagenbuch, Ruth Naomi. 108:3, March, p. 22. 
Meyer, Virgil E. 108:3, March, p. 22. 


Black, James F. 108:9, October, p. IS. 
Gheen, Ernest. 108:10, November, p. 18. 
Hardesty, Bradley A. 108:9, October, p. 16. 
Hurd, G. Emery. 108:1, January, p. 20. 
King, Russell C. 108:9, October, p. 16 
LaiDSon, Dan L. 108:7, July/August, p. 17. 
Smith, Reilly R. 108:9, October, p. 17-18. 
Turskey, Scott E. 108:1, January, p. 21. 
Waters, Ronald W. 108:9, October, p. 17. 


Brethren Resolve for Peace. 108:6, June, p. 14,16. 

United States — Soviet Relations. Harold E. Barnett.. 
108:2, February, p. 8-9. 


Day of Pentecost, The. Richard C. Winfield. 108:1, 
January, p. 6-7. 


Philip: Salesman for Jesus. William H. Anderson. 108:6, 
June, p. 6-7,9. 


Praying for Nations. John Maust. 108:4, April, p. 2. 


Racism. 108:7, July/August, p. 9. 


Chaplain Thomas A. Schultz Assigned to Direct CREDO. 
108:6, Juen, p. 20. 



Voice From the Fiery Skies, An Brian H. Moore. 108:3, 
March, p. 8-10. 


Single and Alone at Christinas. 108:11, December, p. 4-5. 


Reilly R. Smith. 108:9, October, p. 17-18. 


Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts. Dan L. Lauison. 108:5, 
May, p. 4-5. 

Equipped to Build. Dan L. Lawson. 108:4, April, p. 4-5. 

Using Your Spiritual Gifts. Dan L. LakDson. 108:6, June, 
p. 4-5. 


Giving While You're Living. James Payne. 108:1, January, 
p. 12. 

It's About Time. Ronald L. Waters. 108:4, April, p. 8-9. 

Stewardship: an Expression of Christian Commitment. Glenn 
Grumbling. 108:11, December, p. 10. 


Houj to Recruit and Train Sunday School Teachers. Eleanor 
P. Anderson. 108:6, June, p. 12. 

Reversing the Trend. Charles G. Beekley. 108:11, 
December, p. 8-9. 

Sunday School Is Not a Spectator Sport. Mary Ellen 
Drushal, 108:1, January, p. 13. 


Scott Turskey C>rdained Oct. 20th at Winding Waters 
Brethren Church. 108:1, January, p. 21. 


Ronald W. Waters. 108:9, October, p. 17. 


Woman's Missionary Society: Looking to Its Centennial 
Celebration, The. Julia Flora. 108:9, October, p. 6,8. 


Getting the Right Attitude. Michael E. Smith. 108:4, 
Apr i 1 , p. 15. 

Into Africa. Marlin McCann. 108:4, April, p. 12-13,15. 

1985 - A Banner Year of Giving. 108:4, April, p. 16. 

Victims Have Names. Timothy P. Garner. 108:4, April, p. 
14, 17> 


Loving Youth Enough to Trust Them. Michael Warner. 
108:10, November, p. 11. 


No Trivial Pursuit! Mitchell W. Funkhouser. 108:5, May, 
p. 11-12. 

Pastor and Youth Ministry, The. Robert D. Dillard. 108:5, 
May, p. 13. 



by Alvin Sbifflett 

Excuse Me, 
What Year Is It? 

WE HAVE MOVED into a new 
year — 1986. But are we sure? 

In 46 B.C. the Roman calendar 
was 80 days behind the sun (much 
like northern Indiana). Julius 
Caesar decided to put an abrupt end 
to such nonsense. He called for a 
reputable Egyptian astronomer and 
they decided to allow the year 46 
B.C. to run 445 days in order to 
clear up the calendar (365 + 80). 

Consequently 46 B.C. became 
known as the longest year and as 
the "ye£ir of confusion." It certainly 
hasn't been the last year of confu- 

In 45 B.C. the Romans adopted 
a modified Egyptian calendar in 
which five extra days at the end of 
the year were distributed through- 
out the year (much like government 
cheese is distributed today), giving 
us months of uneven length. We 
should have seven 30-day months 
and five 31-day months, but the 
Romans considered February an un- 
lucky month so they stuck us with 
one 28-day month. Paydays come 
quicker that month, but so do the 
bill collectors! 

Caesar and his astronomer estab- 
lished every fourth year as one of 
366 days. This is the "Julian Year," 
after Julius, of course. The Council 
of Nicaea in A.D. 325 adopted the 
Julian calendar for the Christian 

Unfortunately, the Julian Year is, 
on the average, 11 minutes and 14 
seconds too long. On the surface that 

doesn't seem like much, but, like 
sin, a little here and a little there 
and soon the whole person's down 
the tube. So by A.D. 1263 the Julian 
Year was eight full days behind the 
sun. Now do you see how these little 
things add up? 

With this issue, we welcome back to 
the pages of The Brethren Evan- 
GEUST an old friend — "The Salt 
Shaker," a witty, insightful column by 
Rev. Alvin Shifflett. 

"The Salt Shaker" was a regular 
column in the Evangeust from 1978 
through 1983, but was discontinued 
in 1984. Now, by popular request, it is 
back again. It will appear in the 
Evangelist every other month, alter- 
nating with "Developing a Global Vi- 
sion," the missioTis emphasis column 
by John Maust. 

Rev. Shifflett, who pens "The Salt 
Shaker," is pastor of the First Breth- 
ren Church of Nappanee, Indiana. 

If allowed to continue, this would 
have eventually put Easter in mid- 
summer, and Christmas in the 
spring. Your chocolate Easter bun- 
nies would melt in the sunmier sun 
and we'd always be only dreaming of 
a white Christmas. 

But when there's a problem, 
there's always someone around to 
tackle it. A fellow named Roger 
Bacon took note of the situation and 
sent a letter to the Pope in 1263. 
The Pope did what we often do — he 
referred the matter to a committee. 

I hesitate to tell you this, but as 

you might have guessed, the com- 
mittee was slow. Three centuries 
later, in 1582, Pope Gregory Xm 
pulled the matter out of the commit- 
tee and took action himself! What 
does that say about human nattare? 

Pope Gregory dropped ten days 
from that year, changing October 5, 
1582, to October 15, 1582. Some poor 
folks missed their birthdays that 

Furthermore, the Pope was deter- 
mined that this would never happen 
again. So he figured out a new 
calendar. You guessed it — the Gre- 
gorian calendar. But like sin, the 
problem remained. 

Every 3,400 years the Gregorian 
calendar gains a full day on the sun. 
Did you know that? But that wasn't 
the only problem with the Gregorian 
calendar. It was resisted by the 
Protestant movement in Northern 
Europe. In A.D. 1582 the Protestant 
nations would far sooner be out of 
step with the sun in accordance with 
the dictates of a pagan Caesar than 
consent to be corrected by the Pope. 
So they stubbornly kept the Julian 
calendar. What does that say about 
change and human nature? 

It was bound to happen. You knew 
it would and so did I. The Julian 
calendar had the year 1700 as a leap 
year and the Gregorian calendar did 
not. By March 1, 1700, the whole 
thing was out of whack. Denmark, 
the Netherlands, and Protestant 
Germany gave in and adopted the 
Gregorian calendar. But Great Brit- 
ain and the American colonies held 
out until 1752. Finally, they gave in. 
September 2, 1752, was changed to 
September 13, 1752, in order to 
make up for the discrepancy. 

Needless to say, people were fit to 
be tied. Legislation had made them 
11 days older! Greedy landlords 
loved it, however, as they calmly 
charged a full month's rent in spite 
of the fact that the month of Sep- 
tember 1752 had only 19 days. 

George Washington, for a man 
with wooden false teeth, showed re- 
markable poise in accepting the 
change. According to the Gregorian 
calendar he was bom February 22, 
1732. But the date recorded in the 
family Bible — according to the 
Julian calendar — was February 11, 

Excuse me, but what is the date 
again? [t] 

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January 1986 
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Earthkeeping: Is It a Christian Responsibility? 4 

by Jeff Weidenhamer 

Since creation is our Father's handwork, shouldn't we 

Christians seek to preserve it? 

The Day of Pentecost by Richard C. Winfield 6 

The first article in a new series focusing on evangelistic 
encounters in the Book of Acts. 

Helen Galbraith: Maintaining Her Weight Loss by God's 8 

Strength by Marie Clowdis 

A woman who makes Philippians 4:13 a way of life. 

Accept One Another by George W. Solomon 10 

Members of God's family need to accept one another in spite 
of their differences. 

Giving While You're Living by James Payne 12 

Giving your money to the church through a will is fine, but 
it's better to do your giving while you're still alive. 

Restoring Jerusalem's Old City by Pamela Symon 18 

A feature fi-om the Holy Land. 

Ministry Pages: Ashland Theological Seminary 

What Does God Look Like? by Fred J. Finks 14 

What If . . . ? 6y John C. Shultz 15 

Installing a Dean by Arden E. Gilmer 16 

Departmen ts 

The Salt Shaker 2 
by Alvin Shifflett 

Cartoon 7 

Readers' Forum 13 

Update 19 

From the Grape Vine 22 

Little Crusader Page 23 

by Jane Solomon 

In This Issue: With this first issue of 1986, we welcome back to the 
Evangelist "The Salt Shaker", the witty, insightful column by Rev. Alvin 
Shifflett. The first article in this renewed 
column is on the opposite page. 

Also in this issue we introduce a new 
series of articles — a series that will look 
at evangelistic encounters in the Book of 
Acts. This is a follow-up series to last 
year's series, "Close Encounters With 
Jesus." The first article in this new series 
is on pages 6 and 7. 
Answers to Little Crusader Page. 

Flaky Facts: Across — 3. white; 
4. storm; 5. frost. Down — 1. stars; 2. melt; 
3. warm; 4. snow. 

January 1986 


Is It a Christian Responsibility? 

by Jeff Weidenhamer 

A Paradise Lost 

THE earth's burgeoning popula- 
tion is rapidly pushing our envi- 
ronment to the brink of destruction. 
Almost daily, headlines in our news- 
papers speak tersely of such envi- 
ronmental problems as the energy 
crisis, air and water pollution, the 
expansion of the world's deserts due 
to poor land management, soil ero- 
sion, ha2ardous waste disposal, the 
extinction of plant and animal 
species, and so on. Certainly, if the 
peoples and governments of the 
earth do not act swiftly to preserve 
creation, the outlook for the near 
future is grim. 

Mexico City is the world's largest 
city with an estimated population of 
over 18 million. By the year 2000, it 
may top 32 million. These new resi- 
dents will find that breathing the 
air in Mexico City may be hazardous 
to their health. A 1982 study by the 
U.S. Embassy found that in one day, 
a person in Mexico City breathes the 
equivalent pollution of 40 cigarettes. 
Amounts of sulfur dioxide, cadmium. 

Mr. Weidenhamer is a graduate 
student at the University of South 
Florida in Tampa, where he is work- 
ing on a doctor's degree in agronomy. 
He lives in St. Petersburg, Fla., and is 
active in the work of Brethren House 

In June 1985 Mr. Weidenhamer at- 
tended a forum on "Missionary Earth- 
keeping" at the AuSahle Trails Insti- 
tute of Environmental Studies in 
Mancelona, Mich. This forum was or- 
ganized by Dr. Ghillean Prance, 
Director of the New York Botanical 
Garden, and was attended by students, 
college and seminary faculty mem- 
bers, and missionaries. This article 
contains some of Mr. Weidenhamer's 
reflections after attending that forum. 

zinc, copper, and iron in the air often 
exceed safe levels. 

The causes of the problem include 
the paper and cellulose industries 
and Mexico City's 2.5 million cars, 
most of which lack any pollution 
controls. Besides respiratory ail- 
ments such as emphysema and 
bronchial asthma (which afflict one 
of every ten children there), doctors 
say heart problems, nervous disor- 
ders, and skin ailments are being 
caused by the extreme pollution.^ 

Closer to home, concerns are being 
raised about the safety of our drink- 
ing water. Ground water supplies all 
over the United States are being 
contaminated with pesticides, toxic 
chemicals from waste dumps, and 
gasoline from leaking service station 

In Belleview, Florida, 10,000 gal- 
lons of gasoline leaked into the 
ground over a two-year period. 
Then, in the fall of 1982, it showed 
up in the city water supply at levels 
50 times those which make water 
unsafe to drink. Now, water must be 
trucked in fi-om out of town. The 
total costs for hookup to a new water 
supply and cleanup of the site may 
exceed one million dollars in this 
town of 2,000. As yet, no one has ac- 
cepted responsibility for the leak. It 
is estimated that as many as 
100,000 service stations nationwide 
may have leaking gasoline storage 
tanks. ^ 

Humanity is not only endangering 
its own existence, but also the exist- 
ence of creatures that share the 
earth with us. The earth is home to 
some five to ten million species. 
Roughly half are found in the rain 
forests of the tropics. It is difficult to 
imagine the incredible diversity of 
life in these forests. But consider: 

While the British Isles are esti- 
mated to have some 1,450 species of 
plants, more than 1,100 have been 
identified on less than one square 
mile of a rain forest in the Choco re- 
gion of Colombia!^ 

These forests are being destroyed 
at a spectacular rate. Some esti- 
mates range as high as 150 acres per 
minute. Within 40 years, all of 
earth's tropical rain forests, along 
with the plant and animal species 
they contain, may be destroyed or 
severely degraded if nothing is done 
to save them. Over one million 
species could become extinct by the 
end of this century.'* As Christians, 
charged with the responsibility to 
steward the earth and its resources, 
this should deeply concern us. 

The Biblical Mandate 

The Script\u-es are clear about hu- 
manity's responsibility to care for 
the eajih. The first and most funda- 
mental point made in Scriptiu-e is 
that God is the Creator. This is 
taught not only in Genesis, but 
throughout the Old and New Testa- 
ments. Jeremiah writes, "He who is 
the Portion of Jacob is not like these 
[idols], for he is the Maker of all 
things . . ." (10:16).* Paul states in 
Colossians 1:16, "For by him 
[Christ] all things were created: . . . 
all things were created by him and 
for him." And in the Revelation, 
John shares the elders' praise of Grod 
the Creator: "You are worthy, our 
Lord and God, to receive glory and 
honor and power, for you created all 
things, and by yoiu" will they were 
created and have their being" (4:11). 

Since God created all things, fi-om 
earthworms to humanity, all things 

*A11 Scripture quotations are taken from 
the New International Version. 

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have value. If you or I had been 
given a handmade oaken table by 
our father — one which he had 
beautifully carved and varnished, 
the product of many long hours of 
work — we would certainly not 
allow it to be ruined. We would treas- 
ure it. Yet how often our Heavenly 
Father's handcrafted gift to us — 
the earth and all its bounty — has 
been treated carelessly and ruth- 

In light of the many pressing en- 
vironmental problems we face today, 
it is sobering to note that in the 
writings of the prophets the condi- 
tion of the land was linked to the 
spiritual condition of the Israelites: 

The esirth dries up and withers, 
the world languishes and 
withers, . . . 
The earth is defiled by its people; 

they have disobeyed the laws, 
violated the statutes 

and broken the everlasting 
Therefore a curse consumes the 
its people must bear their guilt. 
Isaiah 24:4-6 

One reason that the prophets 
linked the condition of the land and 
the spiritual condition of the people 
is that humanity is enjoined in the 
Scriptures to care for the earth. 
Genesis 2:15 says, "The Lord God 
took the man and put him in the 
Garden of Eden to work it and take 
care of it." The Hebrew words abad 
and shamar, translated "work" and 
"take care of," imply service and 
preservation. "Human ruling, then, 
should be exercised in such a way as 
to serve and preserve the beasts, the 
trees, the earth itself — all of which 
is being ruled." 

Part of the Problem? 

In many areas, missionaries are 
face to face with the problems of 
poor land management (an underly- 
ing cause of the African famine), se- 
vere soil erosion, and the destruction 
of species. The church thus has a 
tremendous opportunity to witness 
to the rest of the world ways of nur- 
turing and healing God's creation. 
Yet all too often missionaries have 
been unaware of the problems and 
have even intensified them by well- 
intended but poorly thought out 
projects. In some cases, the singular 

focus on preaching the gospel has 
led to a neglect of our God-given re- 
sponsibility to care for the earth. 

Dr. Ghillean Prance, who or- 
ganized the forum on "Missionary 
Earthkeeping," cited the example of 
Siberut, an island off the west coast 
of Sumatra. He stated. 

The island of Siberut . . . has been 
termed a tropical paradise because 
of the isolation of its fauna, flora 
and people. It is now at the stage of 
confrontation with the modem 
world which seeks to exploit its 
timber. The people of the island, as 
animists, originally believed that 
each thing had its own spirit. They 
believed in an internal harmony in 
creation with one religious force 
known as kina ulau (the "beyond") 
which was concentrated in various 
manifestations of the creation, the 
spirits and souls. Those original be- 
liefs ensured that the people lived 
in harmony with their environment. 
A recent article in the New Scientist 
stated that "The manner in which 
Christianity has been brought to 
Siberut has had a devastating affect 
on the island. The traditional reli- 
gion with its complex set of taboos 
against the exploitation of nature 
has now been replaced by a bold 
form of Christianity with no feeling 
of stewardship .... This has led to a 
basic change in the economy of the 
island, with considerably stronger 
emphasis on producing surplus for 
sale, clearing more land, gathering 
rattan, wearing store-bought cloth, 
growing more 'civilized' rice rather 
than sago and settling down close to 
a church." The article goes on to 
give details of how ecologically un- 
sound the change has been for the 
people of Siberut. The Indonesian 
government has now commissioned 
a plan to conserve Siberut and its 
people. It is a pity that the church is 
one of the forces with which they 
are contending.^ 

Dr. Prance added, "If this were an 
isolated case it would not be so seri- 
ous, but unfortunately it is common 
around the world." 

A More Hopeful Sign 

Another speaker at the forum was 
Jim Gustafson, a missionary of the 
Evangelical Covenant Church to 
Udon Thani, Thailand. Gustafson 
has helped establish the Issaan De- 
velopment Foundation and Center 
for Church Planting and Church 
Growth in Northeast Thailand. 
More than 100 churches have been 

planted through these efforts, and 
socio-economic projects are inte- 
grated into the ministry. 

Gustafson has developed an eco- 
system model for farming. Rice bran 
from a rice mill is fed to pigs. The 
manure from the pigs supports 
ducks, chickens, and fish. The nu- 
trient-rich water from the fish ponds 
is then used to water vegetables and 
trees. From this method of farming, 
the people begin to learn the inter- 
relatedness of all creation and also 
their relationship to creation and re- 
sponsibility for it. This is in marked 
contrast to traditional Thai values. 
Most Thai only care whether or not 
the trees in a forest or the fish in a 
lake will put money in their pockets. 
But through the work of the Center 
for Church Planting and Jim Gus- 
tafson, Thai are beginning to learn 
the biblical value of earthkeeping. 

Let us hope that in the years 
ahead more missionaries will come 
to consider earthkeeping an integral 
part of their task. The familiar text 
John 3:16 speaks a truth which is 
the basis for all missionary en- 
deavor. Later, Jesus said, "As the 
Father has sent me, I am sending 
you" (Jn. 20:21). 

We are sent into the world and 
send missionaries to other parts of 
the world because God so loved the 
world that He sent His Son. But the 
world to which we are sent (John 
3:16) is not the Greek anthropos, the 
world of humankind, but the kosmos, 
all creation. Certainly the focus of 
the passage is on human redemption, 
but literally, the verse may be ren- 
dered, "For God so loved all of crea- 
tion that he gave his one and only 
Son." As Ghillean Prance concluded, 
"It therefore behooves Christians to 
be leaders in the care of creation as 
earthkeepers." [t] 

'"Smog-Bound Mexico City: Has It Seen 
the Light?" New York Times, June 25, 

^"Leaking Gasoline Tanks Are Serious, 
Growing Threat to Florida's Water," St. 
Petersburg Times, March 14, 1983. 

^Peter T. White, "Tropical Rain Forests: 
Nature's Dwindling Treasures, National 
Geographic (January 1983), pp. 2-47. 

■•Norman Myers, The Sinking Ark (Per- 
gamon Press, 1979), pp. 14-31. 

^Loren Wilkinson, ed., Earthkeeping: 
Christian Stewardship of Natural Re- 
sources (Eerdmans, 1980), p. 209. 

^Dr. Ghillean Prance, "What Is Mission- 
ary Earthkeeping?" An unpublished paper 
prepared for the forum on "Mission- 
ary Earthkeeping." 

January 1986 

Evangelistic Encounters in the Booli of Acts. 

The Day of Pentecost 

by Richard C. Winfield 

hasn't made many of us lawyers, 
but he has subpoenaed all of us to be 
His witnesses. Jesus' last words to 
His disciples before He ascended 
into heaven were ". . . you shall be 
my witnesses . . ." (Acts. 1:8)* 

The Book of Acts tells us how 
Jesus' followers carried out His com- 
mand to be His witnesses. In this 
series of articles we will be looking 
at their efforts at evangelism. As we 
do so, we will be seeking to discern 
principles that we can use that will 
help us be better soul-winners for 
Christ, both as individuals and as a 

We begin with a look at one of the 
most successful efforts at evangel- 
ism in the Book of Acts, that great 
harvest of souls that took place on 
the Day of Pentecost, when nearly 
3,000 people were baptized and re- 
ceived into the fellowship of the 
church. What can we learn from this 

A unique occasion 

We must begin by recognizing 
that this was a unique occasion. It 
was unique because it was the birth- 
day of the church. It was the day of 
the initial outpouring of the Holy 
Spirit upon Christ's followers in ac- 
cordance with His promise as re- 
corded in Luke 24:48 and Acts 1:8. 

The Bible does record other in- 
stances in which Christians were 
filled with the Holy Spirit (cf. Acts 
4:31; 19:6). But this is the only in- 
stance when His coming was accom- 
panied by a sound like a mighty 

*A11 Scripture quotations aire taken from 
the Revised Standard Version. 

Mr. Winfield is editor of The Breth- 
ren Evangelist. 

rushing wind and tongues of fire, 
and when those who received Him 
spoke in languages that were under- 
standable to other people. 

But though this occasion was in 
some ways imique, there are 
nevertheless some lessons we can 
learn from the event. 

Preceded by prayer 

First we should note that this oc- 
casion was preceded by a period of 
prayer. Following Christ's ascen- 
sion. His followers returned to 
Jerusalem to the upper room where 
they had been staying (possibly the 
same room where they had eaten the 
Last Supper with Jesus). There, 
with one accord, they devoted them- 
selves to prayer (Acts 1:14). 

This is thie first article 
in a new series ttiat will 
look at how Christ's fol- 
lowers carried out His com- 
mand to be His witnesses, 
as recorded in the Book of 
Acts. Various persons will 
be writing the articles in 
this series. 

What they prayed about we are 
not told. But certainly Jesus' very 
last words to them — that they were 
to be His witnesses in Jerusalem, 
Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of 
the earth — were on their minds. 
Perhaps they were praying for the 
boldness to carry out this task. Jesus 
had also told them that the Holy 
Spirit would come upon them. 
Perhaps they were praying for His 

How earnest are we about praying 

to be filled with the Spirit? How 
much time do we spend praying for 
the salvation of lost people and that 
God would use us and our churches 
to bring some of these people to a 
saving knowledge of Him? What 
would happen to us and to our 
churches if we prayed as earnestly 
about being witnesses as we do 
when one of our loved ones is hos- 
pitalized with a serious illness? 
When was the last time your prayer 
chain was asked to pray for some- 
one's spiritual salvation rather than 
someone's physical healing? 

Great revivals are often (perhaps 
always) preceded by seasons of 
prayer by earnest Christians. Weeks 
before Billy Graham comes to a city 
to hold an evangelistic crusade, 
Christians in that city are enlisted 
to pray for that crusade. Evangel- 
ism, whether it is personal witness- 
ing or a church revival meeting, 
needs to be preceded by prayer. 

Power of the Spirit 

The second thing we should note 
about this event was that Christ's 
followers witnessed in the power of 
the Holy Spirit. This, of course, is 
just what Christ had promised: ". . . 
you shall receive power when the 
Holy Spirit has come upon you; and 
you shall be my witnesses . . ." (Acts 
1:8). Jesus didn't expect them to 
evangelize the world in their own 
strength. He was going to give them 
the power. 

There is no doubt that the Spirit 
came upon them that day. The signs 
were unmistakable. The sound as of 
a rushing wind, the tongues of fire. 
Furthermore, Luke states it out- 
right: "And they were all filled with 
the Holy Spirit and [they] began to 
speak in other tongues, as the Spirit 

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gave them utterance" (Acts 2:4). 

Effective witnessing is done in the 
power of the Spirit. Every Christian 
has the Spirit, for John says, "By 
this we know that we abide in him 
and he in us, because he has given 
us of his own Spirit" (I Jn. 4:13). But 
not every Christian is Spirit-filled. 
Christ's followers on the Day of 
Pentecost were "filled with the Holy 
Spirit." We, too, need to be Spirit- 
filled, and this is one of the things 
we ought to be praying for (and also 
preparing our hearts for by ridding 
our lives of sin and selfish interests. 

Shortly after Christ's followers 
began to speak in many different 
languages (as the Spirit gave them 
utterance), a crowd assembled, at- 
tracted by the babel of sound. The 
members of the crowd were all Jews, 
but they had grown up in many dif- 
ferent countries. So in addition to 
speEiking Aramaic (the language 
spoken by the Jews), they each 
spoke the language of his native 
land (see the list in 2:9-11). 

The crowd's reaction 

When these people heard the dis- 
ciples (all "natives" of Galilee) 
speaking their languages, they were 
amazed and perplexed. Well, at least 
most of them were. A few in the 
crowd mockingly said, "They are 
filled with new wine." How anyone 
could hear a person speaking in 
a language the person had never 
learned and attribute that to drunk- 
enness has always baffled me, but 
this is what happened. 

Peter was not about to let these 
mockers get away with their snide 
remarks, so he stepped forth and ad- 
dressed the crowd. Christians must 
be willing to take abuse for Christ, 
but there are times when we must 
stand up and answer the false and 
malicious charges made against us. 
This was one of those occasions. I am 
reminded of Peter's own words, 
which he wrote years later: "Always 
be prepared to make a defense to 
any one who calls you to account for 
the hope that is in you . . ." (I Pet. 

After refuting the charge of drunk- 
enness, Peter explained what was 
taking place by quoting passages 
from the Old Testament writings of 
Joel and Zechariah. If we were in a 
similar setting today, this might not 
be a good beginning. But let's remem- 

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ber that Peter was speaking to de- 
vout Jews (v. 5), men well-versed in 
the Old Testament. So he tailored 
his message to his audience. The 
same approach probably wouldn't 
work today if we were speaking to 
people unversed in the Scriptures. 
We would need to look for some 
other "common ground." 

Peter preached Christ 

But fi-om this begiiming, Peter 
quickly moved to the heart of his 
message — Jesus Christ, His mighty 
deeds. His death by crucifixion, and 
His resurrection. Peter didn't preach 
morality or ethics or self-improve- 
ment. He preached Christ. (Compare 
Paul's statements in I Corinthians 
2:1-2 and 15:1-5). 

Peter preached about Jesus 
Christ. And he supported his mes- 
sage with plenty of Old Testament 
references, again appropriate for his 
audience. But Peter didn't pull any 
punches in his message. In speaking 
about the crucifixion of Jesus, he 
looked his audience straight in the 
eye and said, ". . . this Jesus . . . you 
crucified and killed by the hands of 
lawless men . . ." (v. 23). Likewise, 
in verse 36 he declared, "Let all the 
house of Israel 
therefore know 
assuredly that 
Grod has made 
him both Lord, 
and Christ, 
this Jesus 
whom you 
crucified" (em- 
phasis added). 

Peter didn't 
try to win his 
audience by 
being polite or 
by glossing over 
their sin. He 
faced them with 
the evil they 
had committed 
in rejecting 
Christ. And 
rather than 
going away 
angry, the 
people were cut 
to the heart 
and cried out, 
"Brethren, what 
shall we do?" To 
which Peter re- 
plied, "Repent, 

and be baptized ... in the name of 
Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of 
your sins; and you shall receive the 
gift of the Holy Spirit" (v. 38). 

Peter had a message of hope — of 
forgiveness and salvation — to offer. 
But it was only available to those 
who would face their sin of rejecting 
Christ and repent of that sin by rec- 
ognizing Him as their Messiah and 
Lord. Nearly 3,000 people responded 
to this message that day. 

Certainly the experience on the 
Day of Pentecost was unique. But 
there are principles that we can use. 
The basic truths are that effective 
evangelism must be preceded by ear- 
nest prayer and carried out in the 
power of the Holy Spirit. But we can 
also learn from this event that our 
basic message must be Christ and 
that this message must be presented 
in such a way that people can under- 
stand it and recognize their need to 
repent and acknowledge Him as 
Lord of their lives. 

Applying these principles doesn't 
mean that we wilt see 3,000 turn to 
Christ in one day, for Pentecost \^as 
a special occasion. But if we follow 
these principles of evangelism, we 
will surely see results. [t] 


w. . . 


Being Thankful 
For His Gifts 

©1985 Northwind Studios International 


Helen Galbraith 
Weight Loss b) 


Above, Helen (I.) with her father and 
mother in May 1975. Below, Helen at a 
postmasters' convention in December 1980. 


X who strengthens me" (Phil. 
4:13). How often we pass swiftly 
over the word "all" in this verse. 
Subconsciously, we reduce it to "al- 
most all." Having the faith to be- 
lieve that, through God, we can 
overcome all obstacles is rare. But 
the people who live in the small, 
rural community of Oakville, In- 
diana, are privileged to have a 
Christian postmaster who has made 
Phillipians 4:13 a way of life. 

Helen Galbraith is a soft-spoken 
woman who has been active in the 
First Brethren Church of Oakville 
for 17 years. In addition to being a 
postmaster, she is very active in the 
Muncie Business and Professional 
Women's Organization, WMS II, and 
attends the local Alzheimer Family 
Support Group. 

In 1981, Helen began the most dif- 
ficult struggle of, and possibly for, 
her life. Helen entered this valiant 
battle after she became bedfast due 
to a severe leg infection. This was 
the third such infection in 10 years, 
but this time she learned that if 
drastic measures weren't taken, she 
might lose her legs. The risk of 
heart attack also played upon her 

With both parents in failing 
health, Helen knew she had to make 
some major decisions if she wanted 
to live to take care of them. She 
could no longer deny that an exces- 
sive amount of weight had to go, 
once and for all. She shyly declines 
to tell how much she weighed at the 
time, but in 2V2 years Helen lost 
more than 250 pounds. 

After the infection was cured, a 
Christian doctor and his nutritionist 

Mrs. Clowdis is a member of the First 
Brethren Church of Oakville, Ind. 

worked together to set up food plans, 
exercise schedules, and mental ad- 
justment/spiritual support sessions 
for Helen. The first form of exercise 
was riding one-half mile a day on 
her new stationary bicycle. Now she 
rides an average of 45 minutes a 
day, as well as walking and doing 
easy stretching exercises. In August 
1985, she celebrated two years of 
maintenance . . . keeping off the 
pounds. Any dieter can tell you that 
isn't easy. 

Rather than setting a weight goal 
and using the scales, Helen's doctor 
recommended they concentrate on 
lowering her body fat to 18 to 20 
percent — the proper amount for an 
adult woman. Helen is tested 
routinely to keep tabs on the percent 
of body fat. Rarely is Helen weighed, 
since that is not the area of concern. 

When asked how it feels to be 
thin, Helen responded, "I don't ever 
remember being anything but 
heavy, and then just heavier. Being 
slim is a big adjustment. I don't 
know what to expect. 

"Vivid, unpleasant memories 
of being overweight Gil 
Helen with compassion for 
those who are unhappy with 
their weight or who are made 
to feel inferior because 
others dislike their size. 

"I always thought people who 
wore sizes 13 and 14 were small. But 
even though I now wear some 12's, I 
still don't see myself as small. I 
carry around this mental image of a 
big person. The reflection I see in 
the mirror doesn't seem real." 

Helen blushes when her friends 
tell her how terrific she looks. This 
is a totally new experience for some- 
one who spent most of her life being 

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Maintaining Her 
God's Strength 

scolded, even ridiculed, for being 
heavy. It isn't surprising that after 
two previous unsuccessful attempts 
to lose weight, Helen confided in 
only one member of her family and 
her best friend when she began diet- 
ing again. "I was embarrassed and 
wasn't ready to share what I was 
doing with others until it was evi- 
dent that I was losing." But some 70 
poimds later, people began to notice. 

The members of Oakville's First 
Brethren Church were so full of ad- 
miration for Helen that they sur- 
prised her with a party at the par- 
sonage in August 1983. It was a 
celebration of Helen's achieving her 
weight goal and a way for her 
brothers and sisters in Christ to say, 
"We love you and are especially 
happy to see you looking and feeling 
so well!" Helen used their gift of 
money to purchase a new watch and 
a gold cross, which she wears con- 
stantly as a reminder of the occasion 
and as an added incentive to main- 
tain her weight loss. 

A special outcome of the congrega- 
tion's demonstration of affection and 
moral support was Helen's decision 
to be baptized and become a member 
of the Oakville First Brethren 
Church, after 15 years of faithful at- 

Having the support and encour- 
agement of others is important to 
Helen. She learned at an early age 
that there is a big difference be- 
tween encouragement and nagging. 
Encouragement builds self-confi- 
dence. Nagging only succeeds in 
reinforcing a negative self-image. 

Vivid, unpleasant memories of 
being overweight fill Helen with 
compassion for those who are un- 
happy with their weight or who are 
made to feel inferior because others 
dislike their size. She is a quiet wit- 

January 1986 

by Marie Clowdis 

ness, however, refusing to speak 
about weight loss unless someone 
else raises the subject first. Al- 
though willing to relate her experi- 
ences, she doesn't want to intrude or 
offend. "Any change in our lifestyle 
must come — has to come — because 
we want it, not because someone else 
demands it," she says. 

"One of the ways Helen deals 
with the temptation to over- 
eat is to reread ber favorite 
passages of Scripture." 

Helen admits there are ebbs and 
tides in her life, as in everyone's, 
which put stress on her and pose a 
threat to her willpower and determi- 
nation to keep her commitment — a 
lifetime commitment that must be 
carried out on a day-to-day, meal-to- 
meal basis. The ebbs consist of ex- 
periences such as her father's sud- 
den death shortly after she began 
her diet; her closest, most supportive 
friend having to move neeirly 400 
miles away; and hearing the doctors 
diagnose her mother's failing health 
as Alzheimer's disease. Traumas 
such as these often lure dieters back 
to the warm, inviting solace of their 
old friend and companion — food. 

One of the ways Helen deals with 
the temptation to overeat is to re- 
read her favorite passages of Scrip- 
ture. She draws much spiritual and 
emotional stamina from her Bible 
and from living a life grounded in 
daily prayer — prayer without ceas- 
ing. She doesn't hesitate to mention 
how strongly she depends on God's 
armor to see her through the gloomy 
valleys of depression. 

Helen has been given much to 
share. And when the Lord opens the 
doors of conversation, she does so in 
her own quiet, loving manner, [t] 


Above, Helen in June 1983, in size 12 
slacks for the first time. Below, Helen 
and a niece in a slacks suit that Helen 

once wore. 

Accept One Another 

Part four in a series of articles on obligations Christians have 
to one another, by Greorge W. Solomon. 

IF THE CHURCH is to be success- 
ful in its ministry of reaching the 
unsaved and nurturing them in the 
faith, it must be a "beautiful bride" 
and a "healthy body." I believe that 
this is what God wants for His 
church. It is what I want for our 
church. And I hope it is what you 
want for your church. 

In this series I have been looking 
at interpersonal relationships found 
in the New Testament that enable 
a church to become attractive to 
others and capable of ministering to 
them. Thus far I have considered the 
importance of loving one another, 
caring for one another, and forgiving 
one another. Now I want to look at 
the need to "Accept One Another." 

Paul wrote in Romans 15:7, 
"Wherefore, accept one another, just 
as Christ also accepted us to the 
glory of God" (NASB). In this verse 
we are told what we are to do, how 
we are to do it, and why. 

All believers aren't alike 

Accept one another! Let's look at 
the context in which this directive is 
found. In Romans 15:1 Paul said, 
"Now we who are strong ought to 
bear the weaknesses of those with- 
out strength and not just please our- 
selves." Paul points out first that all 
believers are not alike. The differ- 
ence Paul mentions is that some are 
weak and some are strong. 

Second, Paul tells us that the 
strong have an obligation to the 
weak. The word "ought" in this sen- 
tence is a very strong word in the 
Greek. Paul actually says that the 
strong are under obligation to help 
weaker Christians. Furthermore 
this is a personal obligation: "Let 
each one of us . . ." (v. 2). 

If you believe yourself to be one of 

The late Rev. Solomon was pastor of the 
Milledgeville, III., Brethren Church. 


the strong, spiritual members of the 
church, you should not be puffed 
up or self-righteous about it. Nor 
should you reject a brother or sister 
in Christ because he or she does not 
possess the spiritual strength you 
have been given. 

You should, with all humility, use 
your spiritual strength to help those 
who are weaker, those who are 
struggling, those who have fallen. 
And you should do so not to build up 
your own ego nor to parade your 
own spirituality. Rather you should 
do so for the other's good, for his or 
her edification. Your sole desire 
must be to build up your brother or 
sister in the faith. 

An obligation to help others 

In order to do this, you must ac- 
cept that person as a fellow believer. 
You must accept the fact that, al- 
though he or she is weak, although 
he or she has fallen, the person is 
still a part of the body of Christ and, 
as such, you are obligated to help 
him or her. 

Paul goes on to say in Romans 
15:2, "Let each of us please his 

neighbor for his good, to his edifica- 
tion." The word "edification" means 
to build up in a spiritual sense. This 
tells us that Paul is talking about 
our relationship to fellow Chris- 
tians, for it is only possible to edify 
or build up spiritually someone who 
is already a Christian. An unbe- 
liever does not possess spiritual life. 
You cannot build up something that 
doesn't exist! 

No longer stangers 

In Ephesians 2:19 Paul tells us 
that when we become Christians, we 
are "no longer strangers and aliens" 
in the family of God. It is said that a 
child is bom imtnisting. Maybe that 
is why life begins with a cry. When 
an infant is detached fi-om his 
mother, he becomes a separate 
himian being. At that moment, to a 
certain extent, he also becomes a 

Some of us have strangers living 
in our own homes. We do not always 
imderstand one another. We love 
and treasure our children, but we 
never fully understand them. My 
wife and I had eight children — all 
different! We were often puzzled by 
the differences, but we sought to 
deal with each child individually. 

Ask any young person and he or 
she is likely to tell you that his or 
her parents do "strange things." 
Children may revere and respect 
their parents, but they don't always 
agree with or understand them. 

A man and a woman may be mar- 
ried to each other for many years 
and yet not fully understand each 
other. In marriage we become "one 
flesh" according to the Scriptures, 
but we are still different persons. 

Each of us in the home is a differ- 
ent person, each with his or her own 
distinct personality. Nevertheless, 
the bonds of love and of flesh and 
blood bind us together as a family. 

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We accept one smother in spite of 
our differences. We accept the differ- 
ent temperaments, different in- 
terests, and different abilities of our 
children. And in a healthy marriage, 
the husband and wife accept the dif- 
ferences in each other's personalities. 
They love and accept one another as 
they are! If they stop accepting one 
another, the family is torn apart by 
divorce, which causes every member 
of that family to suffer. 

So it is in the church! When we 
become Christians, we become mem- 
bers of one body. We become mem- 
bers of the family of Grod. We become 
one in Christ! And since no two of us 
are alike, we must learn to accept 
one another in Christ. We are en- 
abled to accept one another — if we 
will to do so — by the power of 
Christ within us. If we refuse to ac- 
cept one another, the church will be 
torn asunder spiritually (and 
perhaps physically), and it will be- 
come unattractive, weak, and inef- 
fective in its ministry. 

Paul says that we are to accept 
one another as Christ has accepted 
us! Christ is always the Pioneer. He 
never asks us to go where He has 
not gone. He is always the Good 
Shepherd. He never sends us on 
ahead, but leads the way. And He is 
always the great Example, showing 
us how and saying, "Do it this way." 
We are to love one another as He 
has loved us. We are to care for one 
another as He cares for us. We are to 
forgive one another as God for 
Chrisfs sake has forgiven us. And 
we are to accept one another as 
Christ has accepted us! 

Accepting others illustrated 

A true story that illustrates Jesus' 
spirit of accepting others is that told 
of Chief Justice Charles Evans 
Hughes. When Hughes moved to 
Washington, D.C., to take up his 
duties as Chief Justice of the Su- 
preme Court, he transferred his 
membership to a Baptist church in 
the area. It was the custom in that 
church for all new members to be 
called to the front of the sanctuary 
at the close of a worship service. The 
first to be called that morning was 
a Chinese laundryman named Ah 
Sing. He took his place at one side of 
the church. As the dozen or so others 
were called forward, they stood on 
the opposite side of the chtirch, leav- 

January 1986 

ing Ah Sing standing alone. But 
when Chief Justice Hughes was 
called, he took his place beside the 

When the minister had welcomed 
all the new members into the church 
fellowship, he turned to the congre- 
gation and said, "I do not want the 
congregation to miss this remarka- 
ble illustration of the fact that at the 
foot of the cross of Jesus Christ the 
ground is always level." Mr. Hughes 
behaved like a true Christian. He 
accepted the Chinese laundryman as 
a brother in Christ, and by this act 
prevented embarrassment to this 
humble man. 

Another true story comes from the 
other coast and is told by Rebecca 
Pippert in her book. Out of the Salt 

When I first came to Portland, Ore- 
gon, I met a student on one of the 
campuses where I worked. He was 
brilliant and looked like he was al- 
ways pondering the esoteric. His 
hair was always mussy, and in the 
entire time I knew him, I never 
once saw him wear a pair of shoes. 
Rain, sleet or snow, Bill was always 
barefoot. While he was attending 
college he had become a Christian. 
At this time a well-dressed, middle- 
class church across the street from 
the campus wanted to develop more 
of a ministry to the students. They 
were not sure how to go about it, 
but they tried to make them feel 
welcome. One day Bill decided to 
worship there. He walked into this 
church, wearing his blue jeans, tee 
shirt and of course no shoes. People 
looked a bit uncomfortable, but no 
one said anything. So Bill began 
walking down the aisle looking for a 
seat. The church was quite crowded 
that Sunday, so as he got down to 
the front pew and realized that 
there were no seats, he just squat- 
ted on the carpet — perfectly ac- 
ceptable behavior at a college fel- 
lowship, but perhaps unnerving for 
a church congregation. The tension 
in the air became so thick one could 
slice it. 

Suddenly an elderly man began 
walking down the aisle toward the 
boy. Was he going to scold Bill? . . . 

As the man kept walking slowly 
down the aisle, the church became 
utterly silent, all eyes were focused 
on him, you could not hear anyone 
breathe. When the man reached 
Bill, with some difficulty he lowered 
himself £ind sat down next to him on 
the carpet. He euid Bill worshiped 
together on the floor that Sunday. I 

was told there was not a dry eye 
in the congregation.* 

How are we to accept one another? 
As Christ has accepted us! And 
when we accept one another as 
Christ has accepted us, we bring 
glory to God. 

All that Christ did He did to 
glorify His Father. Every church 
should likewise seek to glorify God 
in all its services and activities. And 
every Christian should live and 
serve the Lord not for self-glory, but 
for the glory of God. "The chief end 
of man is to glorify God and to enjoy 
Him forever." Accepting one another 
as Christ has accepted us brings 
glory to God! 

Furthermore, in the context of 
this series of messages, accepting 
one another is also one of the inter- 
personal relationships that enables 
the church to be a "beautiful bride," 
attracting unbelievers, and a 
"healthy body," ministering effec- 
tively to all who come seeking op- 
portunities to serve Christ and His 

Many parts working together 

When Paul described the church 
in terms of the human body made up 
of many different parts all contribut- 
ing to its proper functioning, he was 
trying to impress upon us the great 
truth that each member of the body 
of Christ, the church, is likewise dif- 
ferent. We are not only different in 
appearance and personality, but we 
are also different in terms of the 
spiritual gifts God has given us. He 
has given us these various gifts so 
that each of us might carry out par- 
ticular tasks so that the church 
might function as a whole. Just as 
we accept the different functions of 
the various parts of our physical 
bodies, so we are to accept one 
another in the spiritual body — 
Christ's church. 

The opposite of accepting one 
another is rejecting one another. 
And the result of this is disunity in 
the church! Rejecting one another 
creates disharmony! It causes tur- 
moil and strife! And all of these are 
blemishes on "the bride." All are de- 
structive to the health and strength 
of the church body. "Wherefore, ac- 
cept one another, just as Christ also 
accepted us to the glory of God!" [t] 

*Rebecca M. Pippert, Out of the Salt Shaker 
(InterVarsity Press, 1979), pp. 177-78. 


Do YOUR GIVING while you're 
living, then you'll know where 
it is going! Second Corinthians 9:7 
says that God loves a "cheerful 
giver." This is not a description of a 

AH that we have is a gift from 
God. We have received these things 
while we are alive. It is only right 
that we should show our gratitude 
by giving to Him while we are still 

By giving to God while we are 
alive, we also have the opportunity 
to oversee how those gifts are used. 
But if we wait until we are gone 
and give the money to the church 
through a will, there is always the 
possibility that the intent of the 
will will be misinterpreted and the 
money misused. 

We have all heard of instances in 
which a large gift has come to a 
church through a will and the 
money has been set aside for some 

Mr. Payne, a member of the First 
Brethren Church of Burlington, Ind., is 
an active layman in The Brethren 
Church and past president of the Na- 
tional Laymen's Organization. He is also 
a member of the General Conference 
Stewardship Committee and wrote this 
article at the request of that committee. 



indefinite future need rather than 
being used immediately to further 
the work of the church. This not 
only violates the intent of the giver, 
it sometimes causes other people to 
slack off in their giving to that 
church, since they want their re- 
sources to go directly into the Lord's 
service through youth-encourage- 
ment projects, missions, scholar- 
ships, and investments that promote 
the immediate development of the 
church program. 

People who are in a position to re- 
ceive and direct the use of the tithes 
and offerings of others have an awe- 
some responsibility. They must 
carry out this responsibility in such 
a way as to obtain the greatest bene- 
fit to the Lord's work from these 
resources. Many people may be re- 
luctant to give the Lord's money to 
organizations that use ineffective 
persons or inefficient means of 
promoting Grod's work. 

"Second Corinthians 9:7 
says that God loves a 
'cheer All giver. ' This 
is not a description of 
a corpse!" 

People who were once willing to 
give to, help with, and promote a 
new church work may become dis- 
couraged if that work is dominated 
by a person or group of persons seek- 
ing personal benefit rather than 
reaching out to the surrounding 
area in a truly loving and evangelis- 
tic way. 

In practicing Christian steward- 
ship, we must remember to include 
our time and ourselves. These obvi- 
ously need to be shared while we are 
living, and preferably while we are 


by James Payne 

in good health. This kind of steward- 
ship should begin in our homes, our 
chiu-ches, and our communities. But 
it can also extend beyond to camps, 
conferences, or wherever the Lord 

"In practicing Christian 
stewardship, we must 
remember to include our 
time and ourselves." 

Here again those in a position to 
plan and direct service activities 
should use all members of the 
"body" in the places where they can 
serve, rather than using a select few 
who are favored or who are "conven- 
ient" to call. Most persons come into 
the fellowship of the church "gift- 
wrapped." Patience and care need to 
be exercised in unwrapping these 
persons' gifts and in developing 
them for service to the Lord. 

On the other hand, persons who 
come to worship services only when 
they are to perform should be 
evaluated to determine whether 
they are serving the Lord or serving 

Our stewardship must also extend 
beyond our home churches. We 
should be willing to serve wherever 
we are needed in order to extend the 
contribution of the local body and 
fulfill Christ's directive to share the 
gospel with the whole world. Our 
stewardship of this prime possession 
is of greatest importance. The Gos- 
pel of Christ, fi"eely given to us, 
must be demonstrated and fi-eely 
shared in love and faith with all 
those we can possibly reach in our 

Let us do our giving while we are 
living. Jesus did! [t] 

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Readers' Forum 

A column in ^ivhich readers can share their thoughts and vietvs ivith the Bretluren. 

Sunday School Is Not a Spectator Sport 

The December issue of THE BRETH- 
REN Evangelist contained an article 
written by Mr. Charles Beekley de- 
scribing the state of Sunday school in 
The Brethren Church (pp. 12-13.) 
From the charts presented, any ob- 
server can detect the declining trend 
in Simday school attendance while 
worship attendance remains constant 
or grows slightly. This historical trend 
in our church is not unlike that ex- 
perienced across the country in most 
denominations. But, being a part of a 
trend is no great honor. It just says, 
"We're no different than anyone else." 
That indictment makes me angry be- 
cause Christians are different, they 
have been saved through faith by 
grace. Shouldn't Brethren Christians, 
therefore, be desirous of enhancing 
their personal knowledge of the Lord 
Jesus Christ through study of His 
Word during the Sunday school hour? 

Are you surprised that worship at- 
tendance is so much greater than Sun- 
day school attendance? I £im. I'm also 
surprised that the theories proposed 
by pastors for this declining trend cen- 
tered around child-oriented ration- 
ales. Maybe that's our real problem. 
As a denomination we label Sunday 
school as a ministry for children, 
rather than viewing it as a planned 
experience for all ages. "". . . but speak- 
ing the truth in love, we are to grow 
up in all aspects into Him, who is the 
head, even Christ . . ." (Eph. 4:15). 
Maybe it is time we begin some long- 
range summit planning for the mature 
child of Grod that presents some chal- 
lenge and opportunities for adult spir- 
itual growth and development. 

Unfortunately, our adult society has 
become a "spectator generation" and 
Christians, who are supposed to be "in 
the world" but not "of the world," have 
caught the disease. At any profes- 
sional sporting event the number of 
spectators far exceeds the players, and 
the ratio of coaches to players is very 
small. Professional sports are purely 
for the entertainment of their spec- 
tator audience. Coaches eind players 
train arduously for the task of provid- 
ing two hoxirs of weekly entertain- 
ment. They commit their lives to pur- 
suing excellence in their sport and 
often endanger their physical bodies to 
play a sport they love. Players and 

January 1986 

coaches invest much time tmd energy 
into planning their objectives to win 
each game. And when they lose g£imes 
they also seriously examine the film 
clips and determine what went wrong 
and what strategies to chemge for the 
next gemie. 

There is a game that is of much 
more significance than a professional 
sporting event. Christian education is 
much more than a game, or a tradition 
we experience on Sunday morning. It 
is education for eternity, a potentially 
life-changing experience for every 
learner. And yet, we devote one hour 
or less to it each week. Surely this 
hour set aside for Christian education 
demernds at least the same amount of 
commitment and investment that pro- 
fessional athletes give their sport! 

Spectator sports aside, it is obvious 
that Christian education and the Sun- 
day school are not a high priority in 
The Brethren Church — otherwise 
how could a severely declining attend- 
ance be tolerated without some serious 

discussions and strategizing being 
generated by the leadership? Con- 
certed prayer for this situation is also 
required. " 'Not by might nor by 
power, but by My Spirit' says the Lord 
of hosts" (Zech. 4:6b). Mr. Beekley 
writes, "The Board of Christian Edu- 
cation is interested in trying to deter- 
mine why Sunday school attendance 
has decreased £ind what — if anjfthing 
— can be done to reverse the ten-year 
trend." Can members of The Brethren 
Church be spectators while the declin- 
ing trend continues? Where are the 
coaches and players in this denomina- 
tion? Where are the game plems and 
objectives for the task at hand? 
Through obedience to Gk)d we are 
called to pursue excellence in all 
things — especially in Sunday school 
(Phil. 4:6-8)! 

Mary Ellen Drushal 

Ashland, Ohio 

Mrs. Drushal is assistant professor 

of Christian education at Ashland 

Theological Seminary. 

Thanks to Brethren Friends 

Love can be expressed in many dif- 
ferent ways. 

My family and I would like to ex- 
press our thanks to all the Brethren 
for your many prayers, cards, and 
words of sympathy. 

Most of all thanks from the depths 
of our hearts for contributions to the 
Rev. George Solomon Memorial at 
Ashland Theological Seminary. This 
was very important to George, to help 
train more Brethren men and women 
to serve the Lord. 

Words are very inadequate at this 
time, so I will just say it in this special 


When trouble comes, or loss, 

When grief is ours to bear, 

Then come our friends, with words 

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How could we face defeat without a 

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'Tis not God's plan that we shall see 

Him face to face. 
Yet, He would hedge us in His 

abounding grace. 

And so, His messengers of love to 

earth He sends. 
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and call them "friends." 

In Christian love, 
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Ashland Theological Seminary 

Shaping Tomorrow's Leaders 

What Does God Look Like? 

By Dr. Fred J. Finks 
Vice President for tiie 

RECENTLY a small child asked 
me if I had ever seen God. I re- 
plied, as any trained theologian 
would have, in terms too compli- 
cated for even me to understand. 
Fortunately, I saw the look of be- 
wilderment on her face and stopped 
trying to explain the complexity of 
God. I paused, bent down to look 
her straight in the eyes, and re- 
sponded, "No, I haven't seen God, 
but I know what He looks like." 

You see, I've seen God's image in 
many, many faces and in many, 
many deeds. We all know that God 
is Spirit and therefore does not 
take any physical shape we might 
envision. Rather, His Spirit 
reaches beyond any imaginable 
form or containment and is 
everywhere present. But in spite of 
this, God leaves his delicate im- 
print wherever He ventures. 

I've seen God in many ways in 
the halls of Ashland Theological 
Seminary. ... He takes the shape 
of compassion, as students break 
from their busy routines to minis- 

ter in the name of Jesus. He takes 
the shape of love, as genuine care 
and concern are expressed in the 
hallways, classrooms, and living 
rooms of our students. God can be 
described as concerned, when facul- 
ty see beyond the curriculum and 
academic rigors to the sensitive 
needs of a struggling student. In 
many ways, God is like laughter, as 
students freely celebrate life's sim- 
ple joys one with another. Surely 
God is bountiful, as I speak across 
the nation to hundreds of con- 
cerned individuals who want to 
share of their resources in the 
training of ministers and servants 
of God. He is generous, as is seen 
by the sacrificial gifts of the 
widow's mite, as it is repeated time 
and time again. He is faithful, as 
evidenced by those who dare give 
up security to "go where He would 
have me go." 

I could go on and on describing 
God as He is reflected in the lives 
of people connected with Ashland 
Theological Seminary — people 
who are being reshaped and re- 
molded to more of His image as 
they willingly give themselves to 

You see, Ashland Theological 
Seminary is more than an institu- 
tion of higher learning. It's more 
than a "Preacher Factory" turning 
out orators "par excellence." Ash- 
land Seminary is a place to learn 
more about God and to seek to 
(continued on page 17) 

The Ashland Theological Seminary faculty. 


The Brethren Evangeust 

Ashland Theological Seminary 

Shaping Tomorrow's Leaders 

What If . . 

By Dr. John C. Shultz 
Dean, Ashland 
Theological Seminary 

IF Ashland Theological Seminary 
closed its doors today, would 
anyone notice? Actually the case 
for your Seminary is a simple one 
to defend. Where else would we 
grow leaders who are tactful but 
not timid, disciplined but not de- 
manding, steadfast but not stub- 
bom, and meek but not weak? How 
else would The Brethren Church 
send soul-winning leaders into na- 
tions throughout the world? In 
what other way would our 100-plus 
churches supply ministers to 50 
other denominations — ministers 
who are committed to Grod's Word 
as the truth and nothing but the 
truth? Where would the 420 stu- 
dents currently enrolled here go to 
find a faculty that is so knowledge- 
able and also cares so much about 
each one of them? 

We could close the doors, but the 
deafening slam would be heard 
throughout the Kingdom. Thank 
you for all you do to keep them 

Our job here is to train leaders 
for The Brethren Church and the 
Kingdom of God. We're not perfect 
at it yet, but every day we do a lit- 

tle better job — not by might, nor 
by power, but because the Spirit of 
God is upon us. 

We look at our program con- 
stantly to see how we might help 
our students be better equipped for 
the work that awaits them. Pray 
that God would give us the wisdom 
to see the important things that 
our students need for the future. 

There is one thing that would 
close our doors — no students. Of 
course, that would eventually close 
the doors of our churches as well. 
Or it would lead to the state of af- 
fairs that our leaders have histori- 
cally fought against. H.R. Hol- 
singer stated that the unfortunate 
featiu-e of the church 120 years ago 
was that the congregations were in 
the care of incompetent leaders. 

Many of you share my concern 
that only eight of our current stu- 
dents are Brethren. At a time 
when we should be planting sev- 
eral churches a year, we have only 
enough trained leaders to cover 
positions vacated by retirement. 
This does not even begin to con- 
sider that two-thirds of the world's 
people have not heard the name of 

So we need students so that we 
can have trained leaders so that 
people might hear. Those students 

• • 


Serving the Needs of The Brethren Church 

The following is a list of Ashland 
Seminary Alumni serving throughout 
the Brotherhood. 

Pastor/Church Work 99 

Seminary/College 1 2 

National Office 5 

Missionary 4 

Chaplaincy 3 

At Large 10 

Retired 7 

Total Number of Brethren 140 
Elders Serving The Brethren 
Church as Alumni of ATS. 

Financial Data 

Seminary Annual 

Operating Budget $823,319.00 
Brethren Church Giving 

(Fair Share) 1984 81,450.00 
Brethren Individual 

Support 26,336.00 

Encourage your church to support 
the Seminary with its Fair Share Com- 
mitment of $8.50 per member. 

Chapel service at the Seminary. 

must come from your church. No 
one makes it into leadership in The 
Brethren Chiu-ch unless someone 
else sees that person's gifts and 
says to him or her, "Have you 
ever considered the ministry?" 
That someone else must be you. 

Look for those in your Sunday 
school classes or your youth group 
with gifts of leadership. Keep an 
eye open for someone (yoimg or old) 
who has the potential for pastor- 
ing. Talk to that person, pray for 
that person, push that person — in 
short, get that person to us. As 
Churchill said, "This is not the 
end, this is not even the beginning 
of the end. This is just the end of 
the beginning." Ashland Theologi- 
cal Seminary, with your help, will 
have doors through which students 
may come and go for a long time to 
come. [t] 

January 1986 


Ashland Theological Seminary 

Shaping Tomorrow's Leaders 

Installing a Dean 

Comments delivered October 13, 1985, at Park Street Brethren Church by 
Dr. Arden E. Gilmer, pastor, for the installation of Dr. John Shultz as dean of 
Ashland Theological Seminary. 

THE FACT that this installation 
service for Dr. John Shultz as 
the new dean of Ashland Theologi- 
cal Seminary is taking place in a 
Sunday morning worship service of 
a local church is highly significant. 

Actually, at first glance, it would 
seem that this service should have 
taken place in the Ronk Memorial 
Chapel at the seminary, in the 
midst of the environment in which 
John performs his primary minis- 
try. Certainly, no one would have 
found fault with the seminary com- 
munity if it had chosen to conduct 
this service within its institutional 
confines. But when Dr. Fred Finks 
requested that this installation 
service take place in the local 
church, he spoke volumes about 
our seminary's view of its relation- 
ship to the church which it serves. 

Sadly, some seminaries have lost 
their servanthood orientation to 
the local church. In the process 
they have isolated themselves from 
the very churches they were 
birthed to serve. They have become 
so engrossed in academia and 
speculative theology that the lay 
people of the local church feel that 
the seminary has no concern for 
either the constituents of the local 
church or their spiritual lives. The 
highly academic orientation of the 
seminary is viewed as far removed 
fi"om the work-a-day world in 
which the vast majority of the 
members of the local chiu"ch live 
their lives, make their decisions, 
and express their Christian faith. 

To illustrate this point Chris- 
topher Walters-Bugbee, writing in 
the November 11, 1981, issue of 
The Christian Century, reproduces 
a course description fi-om the 
catalogue of one of our most pres- 

Dr. John 


speaking to 

a group of 




alumni and 


tigious divinity schools. 

Applied Theology 242. 

Sociology of Religion and 


This is a macro/micro humanistic 
approach to the sociology of reli- 
gion containing four components: 
(1) Examinations of historical 
pEiradigms; (2) Field studies of rad- 
ical sociological change in religi- 
ous states; (3) Analysis of socio- 
cultural continuities and discon- 
tinuities, derived and underived 
religious posturing, dimensions of 
tension, crisis confluence and 
synthesis in cross-cultural states; 
(4) A correlation of sociology en- 
abling the student to distill trans- 
cendent processes as well as to 
develop a more cogent language of 
religion in the context of educa- 
tional goals. 
— Harvard Divinity School catalogue 

This description was also printed 
in the New Yorker magazine, to 
which its editors added one of their 
mordant "snappers" — "Those who 
pass go straight to heaven." 

After quoting this description. 

the writer in The Christian Cen- 
tury concludes, "Little wonder, 
then, that theology has acquired 
such a sour reputation among the 
laity of late; held captive for so 
long by academia, it now appears 
to many entirely superfluous to the 
common life of faith, an enterprise 
reserved exclusively for the few 
hardy souls who find pleasure in 
batting around words like 'phe- 
nomenology' over breakfast." 

But by requesting that this serv- 
ice, which is an important one for 
the seminary, take place in the 
local chiu-ch, our Brethren semi- 
nary has tangibly expressed its 
continuing orientation to the life 
and ministry of the local church. 

A lot of folks who have been 
talking to Robert Martin lately 
seem to feel that the seminaries 
see lay people either as the enemy 
or as bores. They believe that the 
seminaries are more interested in 
the academic guilds than they are 
in the church. Martin relates the 


The Brethren Evangeust 

I had a fascinating discussion 
with the president of a leading di- 
vinity school some time back 
about an overture his school had 
received from some of his denomi- 
nation's lay leaders asking what a 
seminary was. Well, what he did 
was write a 23 page tome all about 
the sovereignty of God and how 
his school wasn't like that fun- 
damentalist school down the road. 
Now his was not a particulsirly 
helpful response to these folks 
when all they were really asking 
was: "Do you folks go to church? 
Do you tithe at every-member can- 
vass? Do you like laypeople? Do 
preachers ever have failures of 
nerve? What about your own life 
style — do you go to Sunday 
school? Do you teach Sunday 
school? How do you feel about your 
students — are you there to shape 
them up or set them free? Do you 
folks pray before you start a class, 
and do you really believe all that 
stuff you teach?" 

If the people of The Brethren 
Church are asking these kinds of 
questions about the faculty and ad- 
ministration of our seminary, we of 
the Park Street Brethren Church 
certainly can testify to the rest of 
our Brethren: Yes, they do go to 
Sunday school and church. Yes, 
they do teach Sunday school, and 
on a regular basis. Yes, they and 
their families are actively involved 
in the local church. Yes, they do 
love the laity and they actively 
lend their talents, their support, 
and their encouragement to the 
fulfilling of the mission of the local 

As they work faithfully in their 
specific ministries in theological 
training, they are keeping them- 
selves firmly implanted in the soil 
of the life and mission of the local 
church. We know fi-om personal ex- 
perience that the faculty and ad- 
mi nstration of Ashland Theolog- 
ical Seminary are thoroughgoing 
churchmen. We are blessed not 
only locally, but also denomina- 
tionally, because they function as 
servants of the church. 

Specifically, the new dean, Dr. 
John Shultz, follows in the worthy 
tradition of the past deans I have 
known: Dr. Delbert Flora, Dr. 
Joseph Shultz, Dr. Charles Mun- 
son. Like all of them, John is a 
churchman. He grew up in The 

Brethren Church, the son of Breth- 
ren parents. He accepted the call of 
God to full-time Christian service 
while a camper at a Brethren 
Church camp in Pennsylvania. 
During his college years he served 
The Brethren Church as a Summer 

John has pastoral experience, 
having served for several years as 
pastor of the Tiosa Brethren 
Church in Indiana. During his in- 
ternship years at Ohio State Uni- 
versity, he and his family helped to 
establish the Smoky Row Brethren 
Church, a Home Mission church in 
Columbus, Ohio. Since coming to 
Ashland Theological Seminary, he 
has served a one-year interim pas- 
torate at the Brethren church in 
Smithville, Ohio. 

John has also been involved in 
many facets of the ministry of the 
Park Street Church: he has taught 
several quarters of Sunday school 
classes, he sings in the choir, has 
played his trombone in the brass 
ensemble, and serves on the budget 
committee. One Satiirday morning 
last spring, John and his wife, 
Jeanie, gave the parsonage flower 
beds a manure treatment so that 
the flowers planted there by the 
church's Sisterhood girls (for whom 
Jeanie serves as director) would 
have plenty of nourishment. When 
John faced surgery in December 
1984, he expressed his faith by re- 
questing the anointing service. 
John believes in the church so 
much that he even attends congre- 
gational business meetings. 

The entire Shultz family — 
John, Jeanie. Nathan, and Megan 
— are actively involved in the life 

What Does God Look Like? 

(continued from page 14) 
become more like Him. It won't 
just happen in a classroom or in a 
thick volume of a theological text- 
book; it takes a caring community 
intent upon shaping tomorrow's 
leaders by modeling the image of 
Grod in all ways. 

Ashland is vmique. It is unique 
in its commitment to Scripture and 
how that Scripture is to be applied 
in daily living. Ashland is special 
in its approach to education. There 
is a conscious attempt to blend an 

and ministry of the local church. 
They are churchmen of the highest 

All of this is a tremendous plus to 
the continuing ministry of The 
Brethren Church. The seminary 
and the local church share the func- 
tion of discipleship as described by 
the Apostle Paul when he wrote to 
Timothy, "And the things which 
you have heard from me in the pres- 
ence of many witnesses, these en- 
trust to faithful men, who will be 
able to teach others also" (11 Tim. 
2:2, NASB). While the local church 
fulfills this fiinction in discipling 
new Christians, the seminary ful- 
fills it by discipling leaders for the 
local church. 

As a part of its discipling minis- 
try, the local church needs to chal- 
lenge its people to consider the 
call to pastoral ministry. For those 
who respond, the local church can 
with full confidence send them to 
the seminary for Christ-centered, 
Bible-based, church-oriented train- 
ing. They will return to the church 
filled with a love for the local 
church and its ministry, for they 
will be taught by seminary profes- 
sors who love and serve the local 
church. They are churchmen teach- 
ing churchmen, entrusting the 
things they have learned through 
study and service to those who will, 
as a result, be able to teach others 

On this special day in the life of 
Ashland Theological Seminary, as 
they install a new dean, I want to 
express to all who are involved in 
its ministry my genuine apprecia- 
tion for your commitment to the 
ministry of the local church. [t] 

academic endeavor with practical 
living. That takes a special touch 
and a willing faculty. Thank God 
we have that at Ashland. 

Ashland Seminary enjoys a 
strong relationship with The 
Brethren Church. We are united in 
an endeavor to shape our future 
leaders to best serve the needs of 
our denomination. Continue to 
pray for our work. Continue to 
share in our needs. Continue to 
support our ministry. For together 
we are helping people to see what 
God looks like. [t] 

January 1986 


HolyLand Feature 

Restoring Jerusalem's Old City 

Jerusalem — Millions of tourists 
have marveled at Jerusalem's splen- 
dor as they enter it on a 20th century 
highway. Today, they can do some- 
thing more unusual — enter the Old 
City walls through a second century 
gate. The Roman Gate on the west 
side of the Old City, discovered during 
the restoration of the Damascus Gate, 
was recently opened to the public. 

Renovating the Old City is part of a 
drive to attract more tourists to Is- 
rael's capital, says Yitzchak Ya'akobi, 
director of the East Jerusalem De- 
velopment Corporation. 

Besides making the sites safe for the 
one thousand tourists a day who come 
to visit them, the main reason for re- 
storing the walls was to save them 
from crumbling. The walls, built by 
Suleiman the Magnificent 450 years 
ago, had fallen into such bad condition 
under Jordanian rule that they were 
in danger of collapse. Water was drip- 
ping through the stones. There were 
no steps to the ramparts, and there 
was a danger of falling off if one did 
manage to climb up. 

Strolling the ramparts 

Last summer the restored ramparts 
walk was opened to the public after 
seven years of work at a cost of one 
million dollars. The restorations in- 
cluded paving the rampstrts with non- 
dressed Jerusalem stone to insulate 
the walls against water, repairing the 
shooting slots in the walls which rifle- 
men and scouts had damaged quite 
badly over the years, and installing 
four kilometers of special wrought- 
iron rails for safe walking. Today 
steps provide access to the walls at 
five points — Jaffa Gate, Damascus 
Gate, Zion Gate, the Lion's Gate and 
the Citadel. For one dollar (half price 
for children), one can ascend and de- 
scend the ramparts at four different 
gates over a two-day period. The 
whole 3V2 kilometer circumference of 
the walls is open, except for half a 
kilometer within the Temple Mount 
area, which is closed to the public for 
political and religious reasons. 

A route popular among Christian 
pilgrims is that from Jaffa or Zion 
Gate all the way to St. Steven's Gate, 
and from there to descend at the be- 
ginning of the Via Dolorosa. While on 
the walls, one can peep at housewives 


by Pamela Symon 




Newly built amphitheater-like steps 
Jerusalem's Old City. 

cooking in their kitchens, hanging 
their laundry, watch the busy bazaars 
and view the Dome of the Rock 
Mosque and the Church of the Holy 
Sepulchre from an entirely new angle. 
And at every turn are picture-postcard 
pemoramas — the Judean Desert, the 
Mount of Olives, the Russian Church 
and the Sultan's Pool — right at one's 

Neighborhood improvement 

The astute tourist will notice that in 
certain parts of the Old City the T.V. 
antennae have been removed. This is 
part of the East Jerusalem Develop- 
ment Corporation's program to re- 
vamp the Christian, Armenian, and 
Moslem quarters and improve the 
standard of living there. So far, 
$600,000 have been spent placing an- 
tennae underground; $1,000,000 axe 
slated to finish the job in the Moslem 

Other improvements include install- 
ing modern infrastructure and drain- 
age systems in the Old City, at an an- 
nual cost of 2 million dollars. Prior to 
1967 (the year of the Six Day War 
when east and west Jerusalem were 
reunified under Israeli rule), there 
was no running water, and the sewage 
and drainage systems, which had been 
totally neglected by the Jordanians, 
were blocked. Today, wherever the 

now surround the Damascus Gate of 

Photo by R. Nowttz. 

East Jerusalem Development Corpora- 
tion has finished working, all these 
conveniences Eire now operating. 

Three hundred thousand dollars will 
be spent this year on facade cleaning 
and repairs to ancient stone walls in 
Tariq Bab el Silsele Street, which con- 
nects David's Street with the Chain 
Gate, the main entrance to the Temple 
Mount. "Our standing orders are to re- 
pair every endangered house in the 
Old City," adds Ya'akobi, who says 
that in its eight years of existence, the 
company has restored 100 homes. 

Ya'akobi, a holocaust survivor 
whose family was wiped out in World 
War II, says he is very much aware of 
the possibility of tension among 
Jerusalem's residents, and that his 
company is careful to treat everyone 
with respect. The delicate relations 
among many ethnic groups in the cap- 
ital dictates much of the schedule for 
restoration. "We work simultaneously 
in the Christian and Moslem quEir- 
ters," he explains, "so neither side can 
complain of neglect." 

The East Jerusalem Development 
Corporation spends seven million dol- 
lars a year on renovations, which is fi- 
nanced mainly by the Israeli govern- 
ment, the Jerusalem Foundation and 
contributions from abroad. So far, it 
has completed 65% of the infrastruc- 
ture in the heart of the Old City. 

The Brethren Evangeust 


S« 106914 


Dr. Warren Garner Assumes Duties 
Of General Conference Moderator 

Ashland, Ohio — Due to the death of 
General Conference Moderator Rev. 
George W. Solomon, the moderator- 
elect, Dr. Warren K. Gamer, has 
eissiimed the responsibilities of mod- 
erator. He will complete the term 
of Rev. Solomon, then also serve as 
moderator during the 1986-87 Confer- 
ence year, the year for which he was 

Dr. Gamer, 59, is professor of educa- 
tion and Director of Teacher Educa- 
tion at Manchester College, North 
Manchester, Ind. He was bom in 
Dahanu, India, to Church of the 
Brethren missionaries, and was active 
in the Church of the Brethren until 
1974, when he joined the First Breth- 
ren Church of North Manchester. He 
has served that congregation as a Sun- 
day school teacher, chedrman, and 
deacon. He attended his first General 
Conference in 1976 and has come reg- 
ularly since then. He and his wife 
Helen have two sons, Gregory (33) and 
Timothy (28), a Brethren pastor. 

During a recent meeting with sev- 
eral denominational executives and 
bo£ird presidents, Dr. Gamer shared 
how he felt about assuming the re- 
sponsibilities of moderator. The fol- 
lowing is part of what he said on that 

"I accept the responsibility which 

Dr Warren K. Garner 

mine. . . . The acceptance of the nomi- 
nation for this year was with much 
humility, great reservation, and with 
an opportunity to provide this church 
with a perspective that had not been 
in its leadership in recent years. 

"When I think of all the reasons I 
shouldn't be here or that there are in- 
dividuals who know the operation of 
the General Conference, the history of 
the denomination and its rules and 
regulations better than I, it is even 
more significant that a hand mightier 
than any of ours is at work. 

"The mantle of leadership of the 
General Conference of The Brethren 
Church has fallen on my shoulders be- 

Muncie Welcomes New Pastor and Family 
With Banner and Surprise Pantry Shower 

Muncie, Ind. — Members of the Mun- 
cie First Brethren Church welcomed a 
new pastor and his family to their 
church September 16 with a cupboard 
full of canned goods and a large ban- 
ner across the fi-ont of the parsonage 
that read, "Welcome Bennett Family." 

The new pastoral family is Rev. 
Keith Bennett, his wife Marjorie, and 
their two children, Adam and Allyson. 
Before moving to Muncie, Rev. Ben- 
nett was pastor of the Bloomingdale 
Community Church (formerly known 
as the Brandon Brethren Church), one 
of two Home Mission churches planted 
in Florida in a project known as 
"Operation Impact." 

In order to surprise the Bennetts, 
the Muncie Brethren brought canned 
goods and non-perishable foodstuffs to 
the church, where they were secretly 

January 1986 

cause God's hand was in the last two 
elections. He took George Solomon 
from us at a time when the delegates 
of the General Conference felt he was 
the man for the job. I believed that, 
too. But Grod didn't. 

"It places me in a unique position. 
To my knowledge the General Confer- 
ence has not had for all practical pur- 
poses a moderator [who served] for two 
years. The loss of our dear friend and 
churchman, George Solomon, has re- 
sulted in that. 

"My acquaintance with George was 
brief and my conversations with him 
almost as brief. By a beautiful coinci- 
dence he spent the night at our house 
just about ten days before his first ill- 
ness. We had agreed that this would 
be a learning year for me — that I 
would spend some time in churches 
getting acquainted. For His reasons, 
God had other plans for Greorge and 

"Although technically my getting 
acquainted period is over, I plan to use 
this year to carry out the plan George 
set in motion. The conference will be 
the same theme he set. The major 
speaker is already under contract. It 
would be my hope that the opening 
service for the 1986 General Confer- 
ence will be one that could emphasize 
the strength of George Solomon, what 
he has meant to The Brethren Church, 
and a period of recognition for him. 

"... If it is possible for me to provide 
leadership that will increase the 
strength of The Brethren Church, 
praise the Lord. I solicit your prayers 
and your counsel as we seek to provide 
direction that will bring The Brethren 
Church a new vigor." 



Plioto by Wayne Smith. 

Banner on the front of the parsonage welcoming the Bennetts. 

await the Bennetts when they re- 
turned to the house. 

— reported by Penny Garrett 

put in the tnmk of Wayne Smith's car. 
The food was then taken to the par- 
sonage and put into the cupboards, to 

Ashiandi Ohi o 



G. Emery Hurd Ordained an Elder 
In October 6 Service at Cheyenne 

Cheyenne, Wyo. — George Emery 
Hurd was ordained an elder in The 
Brethren Church and his wife Susan 
was consecrated the wife of an elder in 
a service held October 6 at the 
Cheyenne Brethren Church, where 
Rev. Hurd serves as pastor. 

Rev. William Kemer, Director of 
Pastoral Ministries for The Brethren 
Church, presented the ordination mes- 
sage. Rev. Greg Moser, moderator of 
the Midwest District, and Rev. Albert 
Curtright, former pastor of the 
Cheyenne Brethren Church, gave the 
charges to the new elder and his wife. 

The action of the Cheyenne Church 
calling for Pastor Hurd's ordination 
was read by Dale Thomas, moderator 
of the congregation. Special music for 
the ordination service was presented 
by the chancel choir and by Dewey 
John Rosewicz, a student at Denver 
Conservative Baptist Seminary. 

Emery was born February 4, 1957, 
in Warren, Ohio, the son of Mr. and 
Mrs. Robert L. Hurd. He attended 

Rev. and Mrs. G. Emery Hurd and 
their daughter. Crystal. 

Warren Western Reserve High School, 
from which he was graduated in 1975. 
He then entered Ashland College, 
from which he received a B.A. degree 

Northgate Congregation Honors Andersons 
For Their 15 Years Service to the Church 

Manteca, Calif. — Rev. 
William H. Anderson and 
his wife Peggy were hon- 
ored recently by the 
Northgate Community 
Church for their 15 years 
of service to that congre- 

An open house recep- 
tion was held for the An- 
dersons, which was at- 
tended by church mem- 
bers and also by friends 
and colleagues of the An- 
dersons from the commu- 

The Sunday afternoon 
celebration included a 
program of music and a 
time of sharing. Gospel 
hymns with special mean- 
ing to the Andersons were 
sung by Rev. James Sluss, 
pastor of the Lathrop, Calif, Brethren 
Church, and by Janet Myers. Greet- 
ings and words of appreciation were 
shared by members of the congrega- 
tion and by several friends and col- 
leagues from the community. 

Also during the celebration the An- 
dersons were given a money tree bear- 

Rev. and Mrs. Anderson and son Bill with a special 
cake made in their honor for the celebration. 

ing over $1,000 in "fruit." 

Rev. Anderson accepted the call to 
serve the Manteca church in 1970, fol- 
lowing several years as pastor of 
the Nappanee, Ind., First Brethren 
Church. The Andersons have one 
child, a son — Bill, Jr. — who is a 
high school senior. 

in 1979, graduating as class valedic- 
torian. He also attended Ashland 
Theological Seminary and received 
both a master of divinity degree and a 
master of arts degree in pastoral 
psychology in 1983 {magna cum 

During his first year of seminary, 
Emery served as the youth minister 
for the Tallmadge, Ohio, United 
Methodist Church. Following gradua- 
tion, he served as assistant pastor of 
The Brethren Church of New Leba- 
non, Ohio, before being called to pas- 
tor the Cheyenne Brethren Church in 
July 1984. 

On June 14, 1980, Emery was 
united in marriage to Susan Gaye 
Farmer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. 
Ronald J. Farmer of Cortland, Ohio. 
The Hurds have one daughter. Crystal 
Sue, born April 26, 1983. 

— reported by Alice M. Tharp 

July European Tour to Visit 
Sites of Brethren Beginnings 

Elgin, m. — A Brethren Heritage 
Tour that will visit at least fifteen 
European locations associated with 
Brethren beginnings has been sched- 
uled for July 1 to 18, 1986. 

Among the places of distinctively 
Brethren interest to be visited are 
Schwarzenau, Shriesheim, the Marien- 
born area near Frankfurt, Solingen, 
Krefeld — all in Germany; Strasbourg 
in France; Surhuisterveen in the 
Netherlands; and Basel and Bern in 

Sponsored jointly by the Brethren 
Historical Committee and Bethsmy 
Theological Seminary, the tour will 
also include several centers important 
in the life of Martin Luther, as well 
as places related to the Anabaptist 

Leading the tour will be Donald F. 
Dumbaugh, professor of church his- 
tory at Bethany; his wife Hedda, an 
expert on Brethren hymnody; J. Ken- 
neth Kreider, professor of European 
history at Elizabethtown College; and 
his wife Carroll, associate professor of 
business at Elizabethtown. 

A detailed itinerary can be obtained 
by writing to the office of historical re- 
sources at the Church of the Brethren 
offices, 1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL 
60120, or to Kreider Friendship Tours, 
1300 SheafTer Rd., Elizabethtown, PA 

Advance reservations should be 
placed soon with Kreider Friendship 
Tours. The tour price is $2,095 per 
person from New York. 


The Brethren Evangelist 


Scott Turskey Ordained Oct. 20th 
At Winding Waters Brethren Church 

Elkhart, Ind. — Scott E. Turskey was 
ordained an elder in The Brethren 
Church October 20 during the Sunday 
morning worship service of the Wind- 
ing Waters Brethren Church, where 
he serves as associate pastor. 

Rev. Leroy Solomon, senior pastor of 
the Winding Waters Church, delivered 
the message for the service. He spoke 
on the "Call to Shepherd," using I 
Peter 5:1-4 as his text. 

Nappanee First Brethren pastor 
Rev. Alvin Shifflett, representing the 
Indiana Ministerial Congregational 
Relations Board, asked the prescribed 
questions of the candidate and then 

declared Rev. Turskey's authority as 
an elder in The Brethren Church. 

Special music for the service was 
presented by John McCreary. 

Rev. Turskey was bom emd raised in 
Massillon, Ohio. He attended Malone 
College in nearby Canton and received 
a degree in psychology and Christian 
ministries in 1979. He then attended 
Ashland Theological Seminary, from 
which he received a master of divinity 
degree with a major in pastoral coun- 

He has served as associate pastor at 
Winding Waters for two years. His 
ministry includes sharing pastoral 

Hagerstown First Brethren Celebrates 
Ninety-First Homecoming-Anniversary 

Hagerstown, Md. — The First Breth- 
ren Church of Hagerstown held its 
91st Homecoming-Anniversary service 
on Sunday, October 13. 

Rev. William Skeldon, pastor of the 
Oak Hill, W.Va., First Brethren 
Church, was the speaker for the Sun- 
day morning celebration service, 
which was attended by 224. 

The women of the congregation 
were urged to wear old-fashioned 
clothes for the occasion. Former mem- 
bers were encouraged to be present 
and to share memorable experiences 
from the past history of the church. 

Music was an important part of the 
day, with the adult choir, a youth 
group called "The New Horizons," and 
the junior chiu"ch singing anthems. 
Vocal and instrumental numbers were 
also presented by Lois Staley, Beth 
Bamett Jones, Jay Wiles, Paul Roth, 
Joel Stouffer, Stephen Bamett, Benita 
Bamett, and Scott Summers. Warren 
Wolf, Jr., signed a number for the 
deaf. And visitor John Rudy per- 
formed a choirchimes solo. 

A surprise blessing was hand bell 
music presented by the new youth 
hand bell choir, under the direction of 
Mrs. Louise Bileci. Mrs. Bileci used 
her own bells to train the youth for 
this special presentation. 

Because of the interest in having a 
hand bell choir, the project for the 
Homecoming-Anniversary celebration 
was to raise $5,000 to purchase hand 
bells and to pay the director's salary 
for one yeEtr. Twenty-eight of the 36 
hand bells were purchased at $100 
each and donated to the church as 

January 1986 

Hagerstown ladies Adeline Sweeney (I.) and 
Beulah Lowman in old-fashioned dress. 

memorials or in honor of loved ones. 
Various classes and organizations in 
the church also made special gifts. The 
total offering was more than $6,100, 
well over the goal for the day. 

Following the worship service a 
meal was held in the fellowship hall. 
After the meal the Hagerstown Breth- 
ren enjoyed looking at historical docu- 
ments, pictures, and other church 
memorabilia that had been gathered 
and displayed by Jan Sensenbaugh, 
the church office secretary. 

Church families also had the oppor- 
tunity to have pictures taken of their 
"family clusters" by Donald and Fran 
Smith. Taking honors for the largest 
"cluster" of the day was the family of 

Rev. and Mrs. Scott Turskey 

responsibilities and overseeing the 
Christian education program and the 
youth ministry of the church. 

Rev. Turskey is married and he and 
his wife Chris have two daughters, 
Rachel and Sara. 

— reported by Carol M. Pawlak 

Muncie First Brethren Holds 
"Western Roundup Weekend" 

Mvincie, Ind. — November 2 and 3 
was "Western Roundup Weekend" at 
the Muncie First Brethren Church. 

The "Roundup" got underway on 
Saturday evening when members 
donned Western appsu-el and gathered 
at the church building for a Halloween 
Party. They began the evening with a 
chili and dessert supper, then went 
outside to a bonfire where they toasted 
marshmallows and shared fellowship. 
Jerry Garrett also furnished a wagon 
ride for the young children. 

Back inside it was time for games, 
after which the evening concluded 
with a film entitled "More Than a 

The "Roundup" continued on Sunday 
morning with Rally Day. The Rally 
Day worship service included special 
music, and a message entitled "The 
Roundup" by Pastor Keith Bennett. 

The "Roundup" concluded with a 
potluck dinner following the worship 

— reported by Penny Garrett 

Pastor Harold and Doris Bamett. 

The Homecoming-Anniversary cele- 
bration served as the kick-off event for 
several days of revival services, with 
Rev. Skeldon as speaker. In addition 
to presenting messages that were 
greatly appreciated. Rev. Skeldon 
sang a beautiful solo each evening. 
Area church choirs also provided spe- 
cial music for the revival services. 
— reported by Pastor Harold Barnett 





The Oak Hill, W. Va., First Breth- 
ren Church float won the first place 
award in the civic category of the Oak 
Hill Christmas parade in December. 
Centered on the theme, "Keep Christ 
in Christmas," the float featured a 
manger scene, a replica of the church 
building, and a live choir of "angels." 

Mrs. Jean Hamel resigned recently 
as director of the Sarasota, Fla., First 
Brethren Church choir after serving 
in this position for 25 V2 years. Her 
resignation was made necesseiry by 
the progressive effects of Parkinson's 
disease, an affliction she has had for 
more than five years. Mrs. Hamel is 
the wife of Dr. J.D. Hamel, senior pas- 
tor of the Sarasota Church. 

Warsaw Congregation Buys 
EvANGEUST Subscriptions 
For AU Church Families 

Warsaw, Ind. — The First Brethren 
Church of Weirsaw, acting on Mod- 
erator Arden Gilmer's recommenda- 
tion that was accepted at the last Gren- 
eral Conference, has taken the step of 
becoming a 100 percent Brethren 
Evangelist subscription church. 

A 100 percent subscription church is 
one that purchases an EVANGELIST 
subscription for each family or part of 
a family in its congregation. Such 
churches receive a special rate for sub- 
scriptions, which is currently $1.00 
less than the rate paid by non-100 per- 
cent churches ($8.50 instead of $9.50). 

By becoming a 100 percent church, 
the Warsaw congregation increased its 
number of subscriptions from 16 to 
162! It also joined ranks with 20 other 
Brethren churches that provide the 
Evangelist to all the families in their 

The Brethren Publishing Company 
joins the Warsaw First Brethren 
Church in challenging other Brethren 
churches to follow this congregation's 
example by becoming 100 percent 
churches. For information about how 
your church can do so, write to the 
Editor of the Evangeust, 524 College 
Avenue, Ashland, OH 44805. 


Mrs. Peggy Beekley of the 

Sarasota First Brethren Church, wife 
of Chaplain Eugene Beekley, under- 
went surgery for lung fibrosis re- 
cently. She remains in serious condi- 
tion and is in need of our prayers. 

A gospel team ft-om the Laymen's 
Organization of the Vinco., Pa., 
Brethren Church visited the Mason- 
town, Pa. Brethren Church on Sunday 
evening, December 1. The purpose of 
the inspirational meeting was to help 
the men of the Masontown Church or- 
ganize a Laymen's group. 

The First Brethren Church of 
South Bend, Ind., plans to celebrate 
its centennial anniversary in its new 
church building, which is now iinder 
construction (see p. 17 of last month's 
Evangeust). To give other Brethren 
an opportunity to shaire in the minis- 
try of this new building £uid to work 

together for the glory of God, the 
South Bend congregation is offering 
anyone who cares to do so a chance to 
buy bricks for the new building. 
Bricks are $1.00 each, and you can 
buy as many as you like. Contact the 
church for more information. 

Dr. Lucille G. Ford, vice president 
and dean of the School of Business Ad- 
ministration, Economics £md Radio/TV 
at Ashland College, has been ap- 
pointed vice president for academic Erf- 
fairs at AC, effective January 13. She 
will be the chief academic officer of 
the college and will chair the Deans' 
Council, which consists of the deans of 
AC's five schools. Mrs. Ford is a 
granddaughter of Elder A.L. Garber, 
who was one of the foxmders of the 
Ashland First Brethren Church and 
an early editor of The Brethren 

In Memory 

Galen Leaman, 79, December 16. Member 
of the Ashland Park Street Brethren 
Church. Services by Arden E. Gilmer, 

Mildred Petit, 77, December 12. Member of 
the Ashland Park Street Brethren Church. 
Services by Arden E. Gilmer, pastor. 
Rodger H. Geaslen, 67, December 8. 
Member of the Hagerstown First Brethren 
Church and former 
member of the 
Washington, D.C., 
Brethren Church. 
Services by Harold 
Bamett, pastor of the 
Hagerstown Church, 
and Brian Moore, pas- 
tor of the St. James 
Brethren Church. At 
the time of his death, 
Rodger H. Geaslen Mr. Geaslen was treas- 
urer of both General Conference and the 
Southeastern District Conference, a 
member of the Brethren Publishing Com- 
pany Board of Directors, and a member of 
the Southeastern District Board of Spirit- 
ual Oversight. 

Marie M. Creager, 88, December 8. 
Member of the North Manchester First 
Brethren Church. Services by Archie Nev- 
ins, pastor, and Rev. Woodrow Immel. 
Gladys Connell, 84, December 6. Member 
of the Bryan First Brethren Church. Serv- 
ices by Marlin L. McCann, pastor. 
Escel F. Mishler, 84, December 5. 
Member of the North Manchester First 
Brethren Church. Services by Archie Nev- 
ins, pastor, and Rev. Woodrow Immel. 
Roy Sollenberger, 86, November 27. 
Member of The Brethren Church in New 
Lebanon. Services by Robert Dillard, pas- 
tor, and Rev. Percy Miller. 
Roy Metz, November 15. Member of the 
Hagerstown First Brethren Church and 
former member of the St. James Brethren 
Church a total of 62 years. Services by 

Harold Bamett, pastor of the Hagerstown 
First Brethren Church. 


Rev. Bruce and Mrs. Thelma Shan- 
holtz, 50th, December 24. Members of the 
Hagerstown First Brethren Church. Rev. 
Shanholtz has been an ordained elder 43 
years Eind has served in 45 churches in 8 
denominations and 7 states. He currently 
serves the Kimsey Run Brethren Church 
in West Virginia. 

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Jackson, 60th, 
November 26. Members of the North Man- 
chester First Brethren Church. 


JoAnn Tague to Jolm Lersch, November 
30, in St. Petersburg, Fla.; Rev. Phil 
Lersch, father of the groom, presiding. 
Nancy Webster to Jim E. Cole, Jr., 
November 9, at the Anoka United 
Methodist Church; Jim E. Cole, Sr., presid- 
ing. Groom a member of the Corinth Breth- 
ren Church. 

Melynda MiUer to Dave McGregor, Oc- 
tober 19, at the Muncie First Brethren 
Church; Keith Bennett, pastor, presiding. 
Bride a member of the Muncie First Breth- 
ren Church. 

Deliah Duncan to Joseph Garrett, Sep- 
tember 21, at the Muncie First Brethren 
Church; Rev. Buck Garrett, father of the 
groom, presiding. Groom a member of the 
Muncie First Brethren Church. 
Elizabeth White to James W. Garrett, 
August 31, at the Muncie First Brethren 
Church; Rev. Buck Garrett, father of the 
groom, presiding. Members of the Mimcie 
First Brethren Church. 

Membership Growth 

Hagerstown: 2 by baptism 

Valley: 6 by baptism, 1 by transfer 

Sarasota: 9 by baptism, 6 by transfer 

Pleasant Hill: 4 by baptism, 6 by transfer 

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Little Crusader 

Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder 
them; for to such belongs the kingdom o£ heaven" (Matt. 19:14). 


God loves every person, even the person who doesn't love 
Him and Is full of sin. God has made a way for our sins to be 
washed as white as snow. He sent His Son, Jesus, to be our Savior. 
When we receive the Lord Jesus into our hearts. He takes away our 
sin. He washes us as white as snow. 



Flaky Facts 

Use the clues and Bible references (in the King James Version) to fill in the crossword 
puzzle. Then circle the hidden words (answers to the crossword puzzle) in the snowflake. 
(Answers on page 3.) 

3. The snow makes a blanket over the ground. Isaiah 1:18 

4. A lot of snow falls during a winter . Mark 4:37 

5. On cold days, you can see on the windows. Psalm 78:47 


1. Snowflakes look like tiny Genesis 1:16 

2. When snowflakes get warm, they . II Peter 3:10 


3. Many southern places never get snow. The weather is too 

4. The white flakes that fall in cold weather are called 

Job 6:17 

Proverbs 26:1 











Follow the diagram to make your own snowflake. When you look at it, remember to thank 
God for sending Jesus Christ into your life and washing you as white as snow. 

4 In. by 4 In. 


6 In. by 6 In. 


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January 1986 



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When Slavery Is Good 
Why We Have Trouble Keeping Our New 

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and also a wide variety of creative activities to use during the class period. 
Mrs. Beekley is a public school teacher, a Chhstian educator, and a 
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Developing a Global Vision 

Focusing on Changed Lives 

presentation of the gospel. His 
mind strayed to other things. But 
then his eyes lit up as he seemed to 
make a connection. 

"Oh, yeah," he said, pausing. "I 
have a friend who joined the 
evangelicals. He suddenly stopped 
drinking and running around with 
women. What a change he made!" 

You and I can think of similar 
cases — persons who before their 
conversion were the kind you tried 
to avoid but who after they met 
Christ became people to whom you 
felt drawn. 

Isn't that what Christianity is all 
about — changed lives? 

I started thinking about this the 
other day when a guest speaker at 
church described enthusiastically a 
new generation of Latin American 
(as opposed to U.S. or other non- 
Latin) missionaries. 

I, too, am all for Latin mis- 
sionaries. More U.S. missionaries 
should be working themselves out of 
their jobs so that native Spanish- 
speaking believers can take over. 
But this man talked at such length 
and with so much gusto about these 
Latin missionaries that one almost 
forgot what those missionaries were 
out there doing. 

Pet mission themes 

In North America, we also have 
our pet mission themes. For some, 
it's urban missiology. Speakers will 
talk for hours about the best 
strategy for reaching the metro mil- 
lions. As a result, we get so excited 
about the methods that we forget 

that individual souls are at stake — 
lives that need to be changed. 

Other speakers will compare Bible 
translation methods and tell how 
the task is now being computerized. 
But do we remember the reason why 
thousands of dollars and man-hours 
are being invested in this task? 

Or what about the "hidden 
peoples" — those groups that lack 
an indigenous, self-propagating 
evangelical church. They, too, have 
become a popular topic in mission 
circles. But we can get so engrossed 
in ferreting out yet another un- 
reached group and in tabulating per- 
centages who are unsaved that we 
almost forget that they are real 
people out there. We'd rather count 
them than pray for them! 

{Missions is big business 

Missions these days is big busi- 
ness, if you'll pardon the expression. 
We have mission magazines, mis- 
sion conventions, mission agencies, 
mission associations, firms that han- 
dle and mail missionary prayer let- 
ters, missionary language schools, 
travel agencies set up to meet mis- 
sionaries' needs, and a whole deliv- 
ery system for getting Christian 
workers from their homes to their 
foreign places of ministry. 

That's all good. But let's not get so 
caught up in missions machinery 
that we forget the goal of all our ef- 
forts: changed lives. 

Even missionaries have to keep 
this in mind. I know from experience 
how easy it is to become engrossed 
in bureaucratic duties or to get tied 
down with running errands that 

seem so important at the time. But 
when the month goes by, I look back 
and see just how little time was in- 
vested in personal work and evan- 
gelism — in helping bring about 
changed lives. 

The false sects 

That's what's so unnerving about 
the false sects. You don't often find 
them in the board rooms. They're 
out in the streets, going door-to-door 
and handing out literature. Who, 
traveling in Latin America, isn't im- 
pressed by all those thin, fair-haired 
"gringos," dressed in white shirts 
and black ties, that go about promot- 
ing the Mormon religion in the high- 
ways and b3nvays? 

That's not to say that evangelical 
Christians aren't sharing their faith, 
too. Thousands of Christians (and 
you may be one of them) are faith- 
fully sharing the person of Jesus 
everyday. And as a result, people 
are seeing their lives changed (and 
their souls saved) by the power of 
God. These changed lives are what 
speak louder to a nonbeliever than 
the most polished sermon. 

I think back to the man I men- 
tioned earlier, who'd lost a drinking 
buddy because that buddy had 
"joined the evangelicals." The man 
didn't grasp all that I was saying, 
but he sure couldn't forget the dras- 
tic transformation that took place in 
the life of his ftiend. 

Paul describes what this mys- 
terious inner change is all about: 
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he 
is a new creation; the old has gone, 
the new has come!" (II Cor. 5:17, 

Let's continue to train quality 
missionaries who master the lan- 
guage of their host country and who 
know how to relate in cross-cultural 
situations. Let's continue to promote 
the need for overseas workers who 
will see that the last unreached 
groups hear the gospel. Let's con- 
tinue to streamline the administra- 
tive structures of sending agencies 
to make sure that we aren't hin- 
dered by wasteful and outdated 

But at the same time, let's keep in 
mind that all these efforts are aimed 
at seeing that individual lives are 
changed. And the change we are 
talking about is one that only the 
Holy Spirit can bring about. [t] 

The Brethren Evangeust 

February 1986 
Volume 108, Number 2 

The Brethren Evangeust 

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Sidewalk Strangers by Michael Gleason 4 

Our world is full of people who need someone to stop and give 
them time, attention, and the Good News of Jesus Christ. 

Encourage One Another by George W. Solomon 6 

In his final message to The Brethren Church, a master of 
encouragement entreats us to "Encourage One Another." 

Religion in Review by Doug Trouten 13 

A survey of significant religious news events of 1985. 

Ministry Pages: Brethren Benevolent Care 

A Year of Change at Brethren Care by Barrel Barnes 10 

On the Move at the Brethren's Home by Gene A. Geaslen 11 

Stewardship of Your Benevolent Support by George Snyder 12 

Please Give Generously by Austin Gable 12 


Developing a Global Vision 2 
by John Maust 

Peace Points of View^ 8 

Readers' Forum 9 

Cartoon 9 

Update 15 

From the Grape Vine 18 

Little Crusader Page 19 

by Jane Solomon 

Send us your news: 

Has anything interesting or newsworthy happened in your church re- 
cently? Send a report to the Evangelist. Has anyone in your congregation re- 
ceived a special honor or been featured in a newspaper article recently? Send 
us a report or a copy of the article. 

According to the readership survey taken two years ago, the "Update" 
(news) section is the most-read part of the Evangelist. Brethren like to know 
what is happening in other Brethren churches and in the lives of other Breth- 
ren people. So keep that news coming. 

And if your church is engaged in a program to get members to read the 
Bible through in 1986 (as Moderator Arden Gilmer and General Conference 
recommended), send us a progress report and tell us what you are doing to 
motivate members to keep at it. 

Answers to Little Crusader Page. 

Book of Ruth Acrostic: 1. barley; 2. Ruth; 3. wealth; 4. Mahlon; 
5. Bethlehem; 6. Boaz; 7. David; 8. gleaned; 9. Obed; 10. famine; 11. Judah; 
12. Moab; 13. Elimelech; 14. wife. 

A Message of Love: ". . . for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I 
will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your Grod, my God." 

February 1986 

Sidewalk Strangers 

IT WAS an interesting trip. More 
than interesting, it was eyeopen- 
ing. I was 19 and in the heart of New 
York City for the first time since I 
was a child. I was there with a group 
that was working with urban youth 
for the summer. 

We had been assigned to the city 
for several days so that we might 
learn about the environment of these 
youth. Our classroom became the 
streets of New York, which proved 
to be the back yard of many of the 
young people we would come to love 
that summer. 

Among the tall skyscrapers we 
found burnt out buildings still 
occupied by families; we saw street 
gangs, overcrowded ghettos with 
ripened garbage piled high on the 
sidewalk, and we heard the wail of 
police sirens continually in the air. 
But of all these experiences, one still 
sticks most vividly in my mind. 

We were walking through a sec- 

Rev. Gleason is Minister of Evangelism 
and Discipleship for the Ashland Park 
Street Brethren Church. He is also chair- 
man of the General Conference Evangel- 
ism Committee. 

by Michael Gleason 

tion of New York where chronic 
drunks find their sidewalk dwell- 
ings. As we walked, we passed by a 
man (most of us walking about as 
far away as the sidewalk would 
allow) who had spent the night 
curled up in a doorway sleeping on a 
concrete bed. He was groping to get 
up. His companions stood at a dis- 
tance, gazing at him indifferently. 
They had witnessed this a thousand 
times before. 

I had not, and involuntarily I 
slowed my pace to more completely 
view this scene, which created in me 
both curiosity and distaste. The 
man's face was ruddy fi-om exposure 
and prickled by a beard several days 
old. His hair matched the brownish 
color of his garments, which were 
stiff with the dirt of the streets. Who 
wanted to touch him? Not me. 

Someone did. Our leader was a fel- 
low in his mid-twenties — blond, 
husky, and softspoken. He saw this 
scene with different eyes. Without a 
word he moved from our group and, 
to the surprise of us all, ex- 
tended a hand — no, two hands 
— to help this "nobody" to his feet. 

Our group came to a quick halt 

and witnessed an unforgetable les- 
son. Our leader stood next to the 
stranger, now on his feet, and ex- 
pressed quiet words of care and con- 
solation. His hand was placed gently 
on the man's filthy overgarment. 
The stranger's hollow eyes softened 
as he listened. He was experiencing 
compassion. After giving him a re- 
assuring squeeze on the arm, our 
leader left, his new friend and joined 
our group without commenting on 

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Evangelist Encounters in the Boole of Acts. 

The former cripple now stood as a living testimony for all the reli- 
gious world to see that our God tenderly works through the hands of 
caring Christians who touch sidewalk strangers. 

what, for me, had been a life-chang- 
ing lesson. 

I discovered, as these few days 
together grew into a summer with 
this man, that stopping to touch a 
stranger wasn't really a big deal to 
him. He didn't make any comment 
on his actions because, in his mind, 
that was what a Christian was sup- 
posed to do. He didn't really do any- 
thing special that day. He just did 
what Jesus would have done in the 
same situation. Yet, in this act of 
love, he taught me a lesson I have 
never forgotten. 

Another sidewalk stranger 

The Bible tells us about another 
sidewalk stranger. Acts chapter 3 
tells his story: "Now a man crippled 
from birth was being carried to the 
temple gate called Beautiful, where 
he was put every day to beg from 
those going into the temple courts" 
(v. 2).* I doubt that begging was this 
man's chosen vocation; it was prob- 
ably his sole means of survival! The 
only thing chosen by him was the 

History tells us that the Temple 
gates were the favorite locations for 
beggars, because being by these 
gates placed them close to the reli- 
gious people. And religious people 
were good prospects from which to 
receive charitable contributions. 
Certainly this beggar saw religious 
people aplenty! A good Jew, when 
able, prayed three times daily at the 

I imagine this poor beggar saw lit- 
erally thousands of pairs of religious 
feet, some as many as three times a 
day! He was probably as tired of 
them as they were of him. Day in 
and day out he would attempt to 
raise his monotone voice above the 
din of the crowd in order to make his 
presence and need known. Mostly 
what he received was probably the 
dust off people's feet. But some of 

*Quotations from the Bible are from the 
New International Version. 

those who passed by must have had 
compassion and shared. Many didn't 
have time; they were on their way to 
the Temple to pray. 

'This Christian gave 
bis time, bis atten- 
tion, bis resources, 
bis God, bis band on 
a GItby garment. 
These are things we 
can provide, too." 

So much for the religious people. 
Here come the Christians. Luke tells 
us that Peter and John were a part 
of that crowd. The biblical record 
says: "When he saw Peter and John 
about to enter, he asked them for 
money." Now this was no big event; 
he asked everyone for money. But 
today was going to be different. 

Somebody stopped! "Look at us!" 
Peter and John shouted from a dis- 
tance. Like a fisherman who feels a 
nibble at the end of his line, the 
sidewalk stranger looked in their 
direction. A twinge of excitement 
flowed through his enfeebled body. 
"How much will they give me?" he 
probably thought. 

"How much?" That's a good ques- 
tion. How much do you give a 
sidewalk stranger? How much did 
Peter give? Peter said: "Silver or 
gold I do not have, but what I have I 
give you. In the name of Jesus 
Christ of Nazareth, walk." 

How much do you give? You give 
them your touch, your hand, your 
support. You give them your time 
and share their burden. This kind of 
care brought compassion to a drunk 
in New York City. And it restored a 
cripple in Jerusalem. 

Peter, extending his hand, "helped 
him up, and instantly the man's feet 
and ankles became strong." New life 
flowed into every fiber of that once 
feeble body. Now he stood as a living 
testimony for all the religious world 
to see that our God tenderly works 
through the hands of caring Chris- 
tians who touch sidewalk strangers. 
He loves the unlovely. 

Beggars are pretty easy to walk 
by, aren't they? I know, because I've 
walked by some, too. But now we 
know better. So what will we do? 

This beggar saw a lot of religious 
people. Some were dedicated prayer 
warriors. Years of experience had 
taught him what many religious 
people are made of Pious experi- 
ences but cold hearts; religious talk 
without outward fiTiit. A few would 
help, perhaps out of the goodness of 
their hearts and convictions; possi- 
bly to ease their consciences; or 
maybe to impress their neighbors. 

And then he met a Christian. This 
Christian gave his time, his atten- 
tion, his resoxrrces, his God, his hand 
on a filthy garment. These are 
things we can provide, too. 

One more sidewalk stranger 

There is one more sidewalk 
stranger we need to talk about. That 
is the one whom you know. Focus on 
the lonely people that may live on 
your street, in a local nursing home, 
perhaps under your own roof. Can 
you see their image? A world of re- 
ligious people walks by them, but 
their needs go unnoticed. 

And the Christians? They come 
along every once in a while. And 
when they do, they stop and serve, 
doing what they can, providing time, 
attention, available resources, their 
God, and a hand. Serving these 
people isn't any great show of 
spirituality, because it is what a 
Christian is supposed to do. Now 
that's good food for all of us to chew 
on the next time we're on the way to 
the temple to pray. [t] 

February 1986 

In this, his final message to The Brethren Church, 
Rev. George W. Solomon, himself a master at giving encouragement, 

entreats us to . . . 

Encourage One Another 

THE WORD OF GOD challenges 
us who are in the Body of Christ 
to encourage one another. I believe 
that this is another of those inter- 
personal relationships found in the 
New Testament that will help a 
church become a "beautiful bride" 
that attracts unbelievers cind a 
"healthy body" capable of minister- 
ing effectively to those who are at- 
tracted to it. 

Let us hold fast the confession of 
our hope without wavering, for He 
who promised is faithful; and let 
us consider how to stimulate one 
another to love and good deeds, 
not forsaking our own assembling 
together, as is the habit of some, 
but encouraging one another; 
and all the more, as you see the 
day drawing near. 
Hebrews 10:23-25, emphasis added.* 

Encouragement is a key word in 
the "Special Olympics." As a 
Kiwanis Club member in Derby, 
Kansas, I worked with the "Special 
OljTnpics" in Wichita one year. 

Be a "Hugger" 

Each handicapped person partic- 
ipating in the Olympics was as- 
signed a "Hugger." The Hugger's job 
was to encourage the person as- 
signed to him as that person partici- 
pated in the various events. The 
Hugger was to urge the handicapped 
person on, especially if he (or she) 
would fall down or get behind or 
grow tired or become discouraged. 

The Huggers were to inspire the 
participants to do their very best 
and then to show them approval as 
they crossed the finish line by giving 

*A11 Scripture quotations are taken from 
the New American Standard Bible. 

Rev. Solomon was, until his death on 
November 2, 1985, pastor of the Milledge- 
ville. III., Brethren Church. 


them a great big hug. It didn't mat- 
ter whether they finished first or 
last, each person was greeted with a 
big hug and words of praise. The 
"Hugger" was an "Encourager." 

Spiritually, we are all handi- 
capped. Sin is our handicap. There- 
fore, as we run the race of life, we all 
need encouragement, especially 
when we fall and when we get dis- 
couraged. Verse 24 of our text 
suggests that we should "consider 
how to stimulate one another to love 
and good deeds . ..." In addition, we 
should always be ready to give ap- 
proval to one another. Whether a 
fellow believer is winning the race 
or struggling to stay in the race, let 
us seek to inspire and give approval. 

In a small village church an altar 
boy serving the priest at Sunday 
Mass accidentally dropped the con- 
tainer of wine. The village priest 
struck the boy on the cheek and in a 
gruff voice shouted, "Leave the altar 
and don't come back!" That boy be- 
came Tito, the late Commimist 
leader of Yugoslavia. 

In the cathedral of a large city, an 
altar boy serving the bishop at Sun- 

day Mass accidentally dropped the 
container of wine. With a warm 
twinkle in his eye, the bishop gently 
whispered, "Some day you will be a 
priest." That boy grew up to become 
Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Oh, the 
power of words! 

Discouraging words 

It seems that many people — even 
Christians — are more adept at 
using words that hurt than words 
that help; words that put down than 
words that lift up; words that dis- 
courage than words that encourage. 
God knows this. Therefore He warns 
us against using discouraging 
words. "Do not speak against one 
another, brethren" (Jas. 4:11). "Do 
not complain, brethren, ag£iinst one 
another . . ." (Jas. 5:9). Oh, that it 
could be said of our churches that 
"seldom is heard a discouraging 

Our text suggests that there is a 
connection between encouraging one 
another and church attendance: ". . . 
not forsaking our own assembling 
together, as is the habit of some, but 
encouraging one another . . . ." 

Coming together for worship and 
fellowship is a necessary part of the 
Christian life, because doing so pro- 
vides the encouragement that we all 
need. Paul, in writing to the Chris- 
tians at Colossae, said, "Let the 
word of Christ richly dwell within 
you, with all wisdom teaching and 
admonishing one another with 
psalms and hjmins and spiritual 
songs, singing with thankfulness in 
your hearts to God" (Col. 3:16). 

The word "admonishing" is a close 
relative to the word "encouraging." 
The dictionary defines the two words 
similarly. In fact, "encouraging" is 
listed as a synonym of "admonish- 
ing." So we could paraphrase part of 
this verse in Colossians as "teaching 
and encoiu-aging one another." And 

The Brethren Evangelist 

how are we to do this? With psalms 
and hymns and spiritual songs. 

If you have any emotions at all, 
I'm sure they have been stirred from 
time to time by congregational sing- 
ing. The words of the great hymns of 
the church are inspiring and en- 
couraging. The music is also inspir- 
ing and encouraging. And par- 
ticipating with others in singing is 
inspiring and encouraging. 

We need one another 

Christ never intended us to live 
our Christian lives in a vacuum, iso- 
lated from one another. He intended 
the church to be gregarious in na- 
ture. I believe that He designed the 
church this way because He knew 
that we would need the encourage- 
ment and support of one another. 

There is nothing more encourag- 
ing to a believer than a church filled 
with enthusiastic Christians singing 
and making merry in their hearts to 
the Lord. And it is just such a 
church that will attract unbelievers 
and minister effectively to their 
spiritual needs. 

Furthermore, a church filled with 
excited and inspired people will ex- 
cite and inspire any preacher. Fill 
your church Siuiday after Sunday 
and you will be surprised how much 
your pastor's preaching will im- 
prove! A church that is half full of 
half awake, halfhearted Christians 
is not a very encouraging church to 
believers, unbelievers, or preachers! 
Your regular attendance is impor- 
tant! Through it you encourage 

Here in northern Illinois we live 
in one of the migratory bird flyways. 
Have you ever wondered as you 
watched the geese fly over why they 
fly in a "V" formation? For years 
specialists in aerodynamics won- 
dered the same thing. Then two en- 
gineers, using a wind tunnel, cali- 
brated what happens in such a "V" 
formation. They learned that each 
goose by flapping its wings creates 
an upward lift for the goose behind 
it. When all the geese do their part 
in the "V" formation, the whole flock 
has a 71 percent greater flying 
range than if each bird flew alone. 
Each goose depends upon the others 
to help it reach its destination. 
Something else. When a goose be- 
gins to lag behind, the others honk 
it back into place. 

Now, Brethren, let's learn from 
the geese. The church needs to fly in 
a spiritual "V" formation, "honking" 
(or encouraging, if you prefer) one 
another into steadfastness. And 
surely it must be at least 71 percent 
easier to live a faithful Christian life 
"flying" with the flock than going it 

Some missionaries in the Philip- 
pines set up a croquet game in their 
front yard. Several of their Filipino 
neighbors became interested and 
wanted to join in the game. The mis- 
sionary explained the game and 
they began to play. 

As the game progressed, an oppor- 
tunity came for one of the players to 
take advantage of another by knock- 
ing that person's ball out of the 
court. The missionary explained the 
procedure, but his advice only puz- 
zled his Filipino friend. 

"Why would I want to knock his 
ball out of the court?" he asked. 

"So you will be the one to win!" 
answered the missionary. 

But the man only shook his head 
in bewilderment. You see, in a hunt- 
ing and gathering society like that 
of the Filipino people, competition is 
ruled out and people survive not by 
competition, but by sharing in every 

The game continued, but no one 
followed the missionary's advice. 
When a player successfully got 
through the last wicket, the game 
was not over for him. He went back 
and gave aid and advice to the 
others. As the final player moved to- 
ward the last wicket, it was still a 
team effort. And, finally, when the 
last wicket was played, the "team" 
shouted happily, "We won! We won!" 

The church is a team 

That is how the church, the Body 
of Christ, should be. We're a team! 
We all win together! 

We certainly need to make our 
worship services inspirational and 
our fellowship meaningful in order 
that we may all receive strength and 
encouragement as we share together 
in them. And we need to discipline 
ourselves to participate regularly in 
the services of our church so that we 
might take advantage of the stimu- 
lation and inspiration available 
there for us. Each one of us needs to 
learn how to communicate encour- 

Brad Hardesty, minister of youth 
and music at our church,* was tell- 
ing some of us that even though 
Rev. Virgil Meyer (a native of Mill- 
edgeville) now only serves part time 
at Ashland Theological Seminary, 
he continues to be a great encour- 
ager to the seminary students. Ac- 
cording to Brad, Rev. Meyer knows 
how to communicate encouragement 
— he has learned how to communi- 
cate encouragement to different 
people in different ways. 

Brad explained it this way: Virgil 
greets some people with a simple 
handshake; others with a double 
handclasp; others with a handshake 
and an arm clasp; some with a hand- 
shake and a pat on the back; and 
still others with a great big hug. But 
no matter which encouraging touch 
he thinks is appropriate, it is always 
accompanied by a great big smile 
and an encouraging word. 

Touching often helps communi- 
cate encouragement. A pat on the 
back, a handshake, a handclasp, or 
even a big hug from time to time can 
do more to encourage a fellow be- 
liever than any words could do. 

We're all roped together 

Following a conquest of Mt. 
Everest, the highest mountain in 
the world, newspapers and maga- 
zines told how the daring feat was 
accomplished not by a single man, 
but by a team of men all roped to- 
gether. In a similar way the "Ever- 
est of Faith" is successfully reached 
when believers join their hearts, 
wills, and desires in a common en- 
deavor. If our church is a healthy 
church, when one member stumbles 
or falters, that member will be 
steadied and encouraged by the 
strong rope of life that binds us to- 
gether in Christ. 

If you are reading this article and 
you are a Christian, I encourage you 
to learn how to communicate en- 
couragement to others. If you are 
reading this and you are not a 
Christian, I encourage you to come 
to the One who can help you nm the 
race of life and who will guarantee 
you the victory. His name is Jesus. 
He's the Son of God. He's my Savior. 
And I encourage you to let Him be- 
come your Savior, too! [t] 

*Since Rev. Solomon's death, Mr. Hard- 
esty has become the pastor of the Mill- 
edgeville Brethren Church. 

February 1986 


United States — Soviet Relations 

Dr. Harold Barnett, pastor of the 
Hagerstown, Md., First Brethren Church, 
represented the Peace Committee at the 
"On Earth Peace" assembly in New 
Windsor, Md., held December 13 and 14. 
The theme was "US/USSR Peace Initia- 
tives." Following are highlights of his re- 
port and evaluations. 

Phil Lersch, Brethren Peace 
Committee Chairman 

Speaker — Kenneth Kreider 

Dr. Kenneth Kreider, professor at 
Elizabethtown College, spoke of Rus- 
sia's long history of suffering in vari- 
ous wars as a factor in the country's 
behavior today. Added to this is the 
complexity of the Soviet Union (11 
time zones, 15 official languages, 13 
countries border them, only 5-10 per- 
cent of Russians are Communists, 
covers l/6th of earth's land surface, 
more students in the USSR study 
English than students in the U.S. 
study English). 

Christianity was introduced into 
Russia by Eastern Orthodox priests, 
who only translated the biblical text 
£md not Roman and Greek classics, 
which describe other forms of govern- 
ment, such as democratic and republi- 
can forms. With models to go by such 
as Byzantine Emperors and Mongolian 
Khans, it is no surprise that they have 
had a despotic form of government. 

Evaluation: Communists and many 
other Russians now know of demo- 
cratic and republican forms of gov- 
ernment, but they do not appear to 
be moving at all in that direction. 
If Dr. Kreider is trying to "excuse" 
the Communists' police state by this, 
I heartily disagree! I asked him 
whether or not he thought the Marx- 
ist-Leninist brand of Communism was 
our enemy. He said, "No," and men- 
tioned "communism" in the Bible. But 
biblical "communism" was voluntary 
and in no way advocated violence, 
which is untrue of Marxist-Leninist 

I feel that this is a one-sided view- 
point and appears to be a justification 
of Communist governments, takeovers 
of other nations, the police state, and 
thought-control policies. We need a 
fair presentation of the pros and cons 
of Communism that admits to its evils 


By Harold E. Barnett, Brethren Peace Committee Member 

just as we admit to the evils of 
capitalism, U.S. polices, etc. I cannot 
agree with an approach that says that 
by and large the U.S. is the bad guy 
and the USSR is the "poor, abused, 
and misunderstood" victim of our 
policies and attitudes. 

Speaker — Clyde Weaver 

Mr. Weaver spoke and showed slides 
of experiences he had while traveling 
5,300 miles on the trans-Siberian rail- 
road in the Soviet Union. He told 
many enjoyable human-interest sto- 
ries and demonstrated what a person 
can do for peace in person-to-person 
relationships. As a marketing execu- 
tive for Brethren Press, he attended 
bookfairs and gave small gifts, such 
as pins euid logos for peace. If we get 
more economically intertwined, we 
would be less likely to wage wair. We 
need to "package and sell" our Ameri- 
can ideals, ideas, and values in a more 
attractive way. 

In Russia religion is a very private, 
"vertical" affair, with no "horizontal" 
activity allowed. No church or Bible 
teaching for youth. Baptists have 
"house churches." Russian atheism is 
clear and "up front"; Americans have 
a more deceptive atheism. There are 
100 million Christians in the Soviet 
Union. Weaver wants to be a "spirit- 
ual architect," building bridges be- 
tween us and the Soviets. He is op- 
timistic about our relations and has 
helped to get conservative publishers 
to have booths at bookfairs there. 

Evaluation: Excellent presentation. 
A very practical way of exercising 
Christian witness without being too 
obvious. He would be great to have at 
Ashland for General Conference! 

Panel Discussion 

Panelists who discussed "peace in- 
itiatives" were a government agricul- 
tural attache from Washington, the 
director of the Center for Improving 
US-Soviet Relations, a scientist, two 
pastors, a teacher, and a farmer. They 
reflected contacts they had with Rus- 
sian people, some over several years of 
living or working with Soviets. 

Some key ideas: 
— Students study government-ap- 
proved courses for 10 years, including 

English; literacy rate is 90 percent. 

— Russians have little materially, 
love anything American, and are con- 
cerned about poor people in U.S. 

— Russian Christians cannot demon- 
strate their faith openly if they want 
to teach or receive promotions, 
prompting many "secret believers." 

— Separate the government (which 
often withholds information) from the 
people, who are generally warm, 
friendly, and want peace. 

— Plan peaceful visits and discussions 
between US/USSR farmers and scien- 

— Write letters to Soviet leaders; en- 
tertain Soviets when they visit here. 

— Be objective and admit there is both 
good and bad in both U.S. and USSR. 


Participants suggested ways to im- 
prove USAJSSR relations. Some gen- 
eral ideas were; 

1. Increase number of visitors be- 
tween the two countries. 

2. Use more money for Third 
World countries instead of for 

3. Freer immigration and emigra- 

4. Freer travel within countries by 
Russians/ Americans. 

5. Our schools teach more Russian 
history, language, culture. 

6. Encourage freer religious ac- 

7. Cooperation, not competition. 

8. No war taxes. 

9. More complete U.S. history 
taught here. 

10. Better phone service. 

11. More language taught. 

12. Improve U.S. quality of life. 

13. Improve trade relations. 

14. Learn from one another. 

15. Disarm. 

16. Understand religious situation. 

17. More cultural exchange. 
What our country can do alone: 

1. Unilateral disEirm. 

2. Understand what Russia means 
by "rights." 

3. Have consistent immigration 

4. Teach by example. 

5. Soften rhetoric. 

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Readers* Formn ;__ 

A column in which readers can share their thoughts and views with the Bretltren. 

Living One Breath at a Time 

Since so many continue to write and 
call about my condition, it seems that 
at this point there should be a note in 


I have interstitial pulmonary fibro- 
sis, an irreversible, severe (in my case) 
disease that causes abnormal forma- 
tion of fiber-like scar tissue in the 
lungs. Although a few things are 
known to cause it, there are over 150 
possibilities, and in my case the cause 
is unknown. 

I saw specialists in Sarasota, Fla., 
and Atlanta, Ga., and their best ad- 
vice was to have an open lung biopsy, 
which I did on November 19. Within 
the next two weeks my lung collapsed 
twice, and pneumo-thorax surgery was 
performed each time. After being in 
the hospital one month, I was finally 
able to come home. 

Right now I am on massive doses of 
Prednisone, but results at this point 
are not too clear. Also, side effects of 

this drug can be almost as bad as the 

Gene has been busy caring for me, 
and our neighbors — the Eashes to the 
north and the Weidenhamers to the 
south — have kept us in food, along 
with Sarasota First Brethren. 

Since the prognosis does not appear 

too favorable, we would appreciate the 
continued prayers of the Brethren as 
we adjust to living not just one day at 
a time, but one breath at a time. We 
do appreciate the love emd concern 
shown for us. 

Peggy and Gene Beekley 

Sarasota, Fla. 

An Expression of Appreciation 

The officers of the Pennsylvania 
District Laymen's Organization wish 
to take this opportunity to thank the 
men and women of the district for 
their contributions to help us meet our 
financial goal of $1,500 for 1985. A 
special thank you to the ones we so- 
licited the second and third time to dig 
a little deeper. 

Words cannot express the deep feel- 
ing of gratitude on behalf of your offi- 
cers. Setting goals is a challenge, and 

meeting them is a great satisfaction. 
This Christian work will not go un- 
noticed by the great God we serve. 

The distribution was as follows: 
$500 to Riverside Christian Training 
School at Lost Creek, Kentucky; $500 
to the PennsylvEinia District Mission 
Board; $500 to the Camp Penial 


In His service, 
James L Mackall 

Cto»{umUi| U. . . 


I Giving of Yourself 

VlO ©1985 Northwind Studios International 2/86 

United States - Soviet Relations 

(continued from previous page) 

6. Dismantle draft. 

7. Share technology. 

8. Strengthen United Nations. 

9. Make contact with Christian groups in Russia. 

10. Understand Orthodox churches in our country. 

11. Pray. 

Evaluation/Reaction: The above are generally pretty 
good (I do object to numbers 1., 6., and 8. in the last 
group), but where is any reference to preaching/teaching/ 
distributing the word of God? Isn't the main job of the 
church embodied in the Great Commission? Can there be 
real peace until Coromunists believe in and accept the 
Prince of Peace? The Bible says, "No!" The peace Christ 
gives is spiritual and inward (John 14). 

"In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good 
cheer; I have overcome the world." We can and should try 
to live at peace with Communists, but I do not believe we 
can be successful for mEiny reasons — too many to discuss 
here. We can do as the Bible says, ". . . as much as lieth in 
you, live peacefiilly with all men." It takes both sides 
wanting peace in order to have it. The Conununists want 
peace their own way, which is unacceptable to us. [t] 

Best Christian Film of 1985 

Are you looking for a film to show to your church? 
"Never Ashamed" was honored as the Best Film of the 
year at the 1985 Crown Awards, presented by the Chris- 
tian Film Distributor's Association. The Edward T. 
McDougal film was also honored as Best Evangelistic Film 
and Best Youth Film, and it featured Timothy Elwell, who 
won Best Actor honors. 

February 1986 


Brethren Benevolent Care 

A Year 
of Change at 
Brethren Care 

By Darrel Barnes 


Resident Pearl McVicker in front of the Brethren Care facility. 

THIS PAST YEAR at Brethren 
Care in Ashland has once again 
been a year filled with change. The 
change of administrators occurred 
smoothly last January. Darrel 
Barnes served as Acting Adminis- 
trator until officially appointed to 
the position on May 5, 1985. 

Emphasis was placed on energy 
conservation throughout the entire 
year. A computerized energy man- 
agement system was completed and 
in operation by the first of March. 
This unit alone has helped dramati- 
cally in the controlling of our electri- 
cal use. Additional modules were 
installed in the fall so that a more 
even distribution of baseboard heat 
was achieved. More energy-efficient 
water heaters were added to aug- 

ment our hot water supply. Winter 
storm doors are being installed so as 
to minimize heat loss. 

The Development Program that 
was started in the fall of 1984 con- 
tinued throughout 1985. In addition 
to the list of individuals compiled 
and contacted, Brethren Care deliv- 
ered proposals to local businesses 
for possible consideration. Much 
thought and effort has been given in 
prioritizing the needs of Brethren 
Care and in preparing the necessary 
proposals. The Development Pro- 
gram netted more than $6,000 in 
1985, and we hope to exceed this 
amount in 1986. 

Though our census for 1985 was 
seriously affected by the completion 
and opening of another nursing 

home in Ashland, Brethren Care re- 
sponded to the challenge imder the 
careful guidance of the Board of 
Trustees. Much appreciation is ex- 
tended to the following members of 
the board for their many hours of 
dedicated service: Dr. C.J. Thoma- 
son (president), Mr. Marvin 
Shonkwiler (vice president), Miss 
Dorothy Carpenter (secretary and 
treasurer). Dr. L.E. Lindower, Mr. 
George Snyder, Dr. Glenn Clayton, 
and Mr. Mark Martin. 

Without question, 1986 will con- 
tinue to be a year of adjustments, 
and the assistance of the Benevolent 
Board, churches throughout the 
denomination, and supporters of 
Brethren Care will be greatly ap- 
preciated, [t] 

Life is not dull at Brethren Care. At left. Brethren Care resi- 
dent Etta Newman (waving) enjoys a ride in one of the cars that 
took part in an antique car show sponsored by the Brethren Care 


activities department last summer. At right, residents (I. to r.) 
Eula Ernst, Kitty Miller, Pearl McVicker, Alta Aaron, and Etta 
Newman participate in an exercise activity. 

The Brethren Evangeust 

Brethren Benevolent Care 

Carroll County Comet photo. 

Showing off the Brethren's Home new, 1986 custom van are (I. to r.) Dawn Spangler, Activity Aide; 
Kathryn (Kate) Weaver and Caroline Billings, residents; and Lucy Long, Social Services Director. 

On the Move at the Brethren's Home 

By Gene A. Geaslen, Administrator 

THE RESIDENTS of both the 
Health Care facility and the 
Brethren Village apartments are 
"on the move" almost daily outside 
the campus of the Brethren's Home 
in Flora, Indiana. In order to trans- 
port these residents comfortably, 
two special vehicles have been used 
for the past several years. 

The first of these was a new, 1972 
nine-passenger van, the purchase of 
which was made possible by gifts 
from several churches and individu- 
als late in 1971. New life was given 
to that van in 1979 with the addi- 
tion of a hydraulic lift to accommo- 
date wheelchairs and persons who 
couldn't climb the step into the van. 

The second vehicle was a 40-pas- 
senger used bus that was purchased 
in 1976. Several of the rear seats of 
this bus were removed to make room 
for wheelchairs. In addition, the bus 
was recently equipped with three 
wheelchair "tiedowns," which were 
made possible by a gift from the 
residents' Comfort Club. 

These two vehicles have made pos- 
sible trips to the doctor, the bank, 
the grocery store, local restaurants, 
the senior citizens center, the Dairy 

February 1986 

Queen, out-of-town shopping and ap- 
pointments, the local fair, and other 
civic events. 

The bus is used each year to trans- 
port our residents to special events 
such as the Senior Citizen Olympics, 
a day on the Madam Carroll river- 
boat, the County Pork Festival, or 
just for a ride in the spring to see 
the flowers or in the fall to see the 
leaves. The van is on the go almost 
every day taking residents to town 
for various appointments and for fun 
times at some of the local churches 
and civic centers. 

Recently our 1972 van was re- 
placed with a new, 1986 Ford ex- 
tended van that can seat eight pas- 
sengers plus two wheelchairs or a 
total of eleven passengers plus the 
driver. The van has a high top and is 
equipped with a hydraulic lift to 
handle wheelchairs. In addition, the 
regular passenger door has been re- 
placed with a step-up entrance for 
those who can walk up steps. Many 
of our tall residents have been par- 
ticularly pleased with the new van 
because they can get into it and 
walk around inside without hitting 
their heads! 

The New Year is bringing some 
additional and exciting uses for our 
two special vehicles. Our resident 
council is already discussing some 
new places and events we can go to 
with our new van and our bus. 

Certainly, our ministry to our res- 
idents has been greatly enriched by 
these vehicles, which have been 
made possible by gifts from various 
churches, clubs, and individuals. In 
fact, special gifts have made possible 
many of the "extras" that add so 
much to our residents' lives. 

Therefore, we would like to take 
this opportunity to thank all those 
churches and individuals who sup- 
port faithfully the work of the Be- 
nevolent Board both through their 
direct gifts and through their de- 
nominational giving. Your con- 
tinued gifts are needed and are 
being put to good use by the various 
ministries of the Benevolent Board. 

Truly, the Brethren's Home is on 
the move! We would invite you to 
visit us and see how your benevolent 
dollars are being put to good use. 
You may want to let us know when 
you are coming, however, so we will 
be sure to stay home. [t] 


Brethren Benevolent Care 

Stewardship of 
Your Benevolent Support 

By George Snyder 
Benevolent Board Treasurer 

ONCE AGAIN your support as 
expressed through your prayers 
and gifts has enabled your Benevo- 
lent Board to meet its program com- 
mitments for 1985. This board and 
the many who are directly benefited 
by its programs extend a sincere 
"Thank you!" to our Brethren fam- 


Financial statements are highly 
uninteresting to most of us, but I 
would like to share just a few details 
of how your gifts were received and 
distributed. Here goes: 


• Gifts from all local congre- 
gations and individual members 
totaled $14,858. 

• A bequest of $3,333 was re- 
ceived from the Jesse Eyman Trust, 
which benefits several of our boards 
annually. We appreciate the 
foresight and thoughtfulness of this 
family in providing for this continu- 
ing gift. 

• The above items combined with 
interest received on reserves brought 

total income to approximately 


• A total of $17,234 was distrib- 
uted directly to benevolences as 

Superannuated Ministers Fund 


This pays a monthly benefit 
to one minister and three 
ministers' widows not eligi- 
ble for pension plans. 

The Brethren's Home, Flora, 

Ind $2,493 

This is unrestricted support 
for use as needed. 

Brethren Care of Ashland, Ohio 


Also unrestricted support 
for use as needed. 

Buckeye Apartments (Ashland) 

Subsidy $7,200 

Rent reduction for residents. 

Please Give Generously 

Dear Readers, 

It has been my privilege to serve 
on the board of the Brethren's 
Home at Flora, Ind., for the last 
seven years. While the home at the 
beginning of that time was well- 
improved and certainly a viable op- 
eration, I feel that we have made 
steady progress since that time. 
Many physical improvements and 
additions have been completed and 
there has also been a continual up- 
grading in the services we render 
to our residents both in Brethren 

Village (the apartment complex) 
and in the health facility. 

It is the desire of the board and 
the administration to continue in 
these directions. And it is with pur- 
pose, dedication, and gratitude that 
I write in interest of the National 
Benevolent offering. Please give as 
generously as you possibly can, and 
do continue to pray for our homes 
and this vital ministry. 

Rev. Austin Gable 

President, Board of Directors 

Brethren's Home of Indiana, Inc. 

• Administration and board ex- 
penses of $4,100 were incurred for 
board travel, interest on outstanding 
notes, conference expenses, com- 
puter services and Evangelist pub- 
lication contributions. 

• The above expenses add up to 
$21,334. The surplus of $2,166 will 
be added to reserves, which are des- 
ignated for low interest loans to 

care facilities at Flora or Ash- 

In Summary 

• Gift support for 1985 was 
down by approximately 24 per- 
cent from 1984 giving. 

• Direct benevolences were 
approximately equal to total 
gift income. 

• Administrative and board 
expenses were covered by in- 
terest income. 

• A slight surplus was 
added to the facilities loan re- 

We sincerely appreciate your 
continuing support of benevo- 
lent programs and trust that 
board stewardship is in accord 
with your wishes. [t] 


The Brethren Evangeust 

Religion in Review 

Doug Trouten surveys significant 
religious news events of 1985. 

South Africa. It was the year of 
South Africa, a year when racial ten- 
sions and inequities that had been in 
place for decades were suddenly at the 
top of the news agenda. 

It probably started when South Afri- 
can Bishop Desmond Tutu was given a 
Nobel Peace Prize for urging non-vio- 
lent opposition to apartheid, South Af- 
rica's government-endorsed system of 
racial discrimination. The prize gave 
Tutu a platform from which to address 
the world, and he did not waste the op- 

Tutu stopped short of calling for 
economic sanctions against the white 
minority government, but he sug- 
gested that they may be necessary 
often enough that the world got the 
general idea. Western institutions, in- 
cluding religious organizations, called 
for disinvestment. 

Alan Paton, South African citizen 
and author of Cry the Beloved Country, 
disagreed. Paton, a foe of South Af- 
rica's racial inequities long before it 
was trendy, said economic sanctions 
would hurt the oppressed black work- 
ers more than the white minority and 
do more harm than good. 

Jerry Falwell visited South Africa 
and returned with much the same 
message. Falwell endorsed South Afri- 
can President P.W. Botha as a re- 
former, and called Bishop Tutu "a 
phony" for pretending to represent the 
blacks of South Africa. Falwell 
apologized later, saying that he hadn't 
meant to impugn Tutu's character, but 
not before his tactless remark had led 

Mr. Trouten is director of Evangeli- 
cal Press News Service, editor of the 
Twin Cities Christian newspaper, and 
founder of the Christian Newspaper 

"Religion in Review" is a year-end 
editorial feature of EP News Service, 
which is furnished to members of the 
Evangelical Press Association. The 
article that appears here is an edited 
version of a longer article written by 
Mr. Trouten. 

some to label him a bigot and cost his 
organization more than $1 million in 
donations. Falwell repeatedly con- 
demned apartheid as "ungodly," and 
explained that he merely questioned 
the tactics of those who would disman- 
tle it. But his clarified position went 
largely unheard. 

South Africa saw much racial vio- 
lence in 1985. The South African re- 
ligious community banded together to 
urge peaceful resolution of the con- 
flict. Tens of thousands of South Afri- 
cans of all races joined in prayer Oct. 
9, publicly lamenting "those sinful as- 
pects of our national life which have 
led us to the present crisis." 


When South Africa wasn't in the 
headlines, Nicaragua was. President 
Reagan's decision to impose trade 
sanctions against Nicaragua's Sandi- 
nista government drew strong criti- 
cism from the Christian community. 

Nicaragua became a toui"ist attrac- 
tion of sorts, as many religious groups 
toured the nation to get "the real 
story." As in South Africa, "the real 
story" seemed to depend largely on 
who was leading the tour. Some 
groups returned with reports of a 
flourishing church and expanded 
human rights. Others reported gov- 
ernment abuse. All reported atrocities, 
but some attributed them to San- 
dinista agents, others blamed the 
"contra" rebel opposition. 

The rest of the world 

South Africa and Nicaragua got 
most of the headlines in 1985, but by 
no means did those nations monopo- 
lize oppression of religious leaders. 

Greece sentenced three Christian 
workers to prison terms for proselyt- 
ism to the Protestant faith. YWAM 
workers in Nepal were arrested as 
well, charged with promoting Chris- 
tianity. China arrested and sentenced 
Christian workers for holding meet- 
ings and distributing literature. Tur- 
key arrested Christian workers on 

similar charges. Romania imprisoned 
pastors and lay leaders,- and bulldozed 
evangelical churches for "urban re- 
newal," according to Christian Re- 
sponse International, a human rights 
group. India's high court ruled that 
members of "scheduled castes" (for- 
merly called "untouchables") lose 
their claim to government benefits if 
they convert to Christianity. 

Non-government forces around the 
world joined in persecution as well. 
But even though Christian workers 
received unkind treatment in many 
countries during 1985, the church re- 
mained ready to lend a hand when dis- 
aster struck. The year that saw con- 
tinuing famine in Ethiopia, tragic 
earthquakes in Mexico, and devastat- 
ing mudslides following volcanic erup- 
tions in Colombia, also saw Christian 
groups spring into action to aid the 
victims of natural disaster. 

Bright spots 

Christian workers were doing good 
things elsewhere in the world as well. 
Wycliffe Bible Translators began work 
on their second thousand languages. It 
took Wycliffe 50 years to enter 1,000 
languages; entering the second 
thousand is expected to take less than 
half that long. Wycliffe also closed out 
a country for the first time in its his- 
tory during 1985; all of its work in 
Bolivia has been completed. 

In the People's Republic of China, 
100,000 Chinese Bibles and more than 
60,000 Chinese New Testaments were 
printed with the help of the United 
Bible Societies. 

Bible distribution had many suc- 
cesses during 1985. World Literature 
Crusade stepped up its efforts to put a 
Bible into every home. WLC began 
work many places, including a Com- 
munist government-approved program 
in Poland. Brazil also encouraged 
Bible distribution. Nearly 2.7 million 
Brazilian schoolchildren now have 
their own copy of the New Testament, 
thanks to a massive Scripture out- 
reach program. Spurred by Brazilian 
law, which mandates Bible instruction 
in the classroom, the program expects 
to distribute 25 million Portugese 
New Testaments by 1990. 

Leaders of the world's three largest 
Christian broadcasting organizations 
agreed to cooperate in a plan to "blan- 
ket the planet" with gospel broadcast- 
ing by the year 2000. "We are commit- 
ted to provide every man, woman, and 
child on earth with the opportunity to 
turn on their radio and hear the gos- 
pel of Jesus Christ in a language they 
can understand," they said. 

Evangelist Billy Graham drew huge 
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February 1986 


crowds as he toured Eastern bloc na- 
tions, including Romania and Hun- 
gary. Although Graham was hos- 
pitalized during the year for various 
tests and treatments, the 67-year-old 
evangelist showed no signs of stopping 
his ministry. "I don't intend to quit 
preaching until God retires me," he 
said. "And the doctors tell me I'm 
healthier than I've ever been." 

A good year for . . . 

It was a good year for Moonies. The 
Rev. Sun Myung Moon ended a 13- 
month prison sentence for tax evasion, 
and at a dinner held in his honor a 
variety of religious leaders called for 
President Reagan to pardon Moon. 
Unification Church President Mose 
Durst said Moon's imprisonment was 
the best thing that had happened to 
the church in years, because it gener- 
ated sympathy for the church in the 
otherwise antagonistic Christian com- 

It was a good year for Joni Eareck- 
son Tada. Tada received various hon- 
ors during the year, including being 
named "1985 Layperson of the Year" 
by the National Association of Evan- 
gelicals. Permanently paralyzed by a 
swimming accident, Tada has estab- 
lished a ministry to the handicapped, 
and has made a name for herself as an 
artist, speaker, and author. 

It was also a good year for Christian 
musicians, and contemporary Chris- 
tian music began to penetrate the sec- 
ular music world. Amy Grant was 
criticized by some for targeting a secu- 
lar audience with her music, but she 
also brought news of a Savior to an 
audience that hadn't already heard, 
and her album did what conventional 
Christian albums have not done: it 
produced a Top 40 single. Christian 
musicians DeGarmo and Key broke a 
different sort of barrier. Their rock 
video "666" became the first domestic 
Christian video to air on MTV, the in- 
fluential cable channel. 

Singer Sandi Patti was named gos- 
pel artist of the year for the second 
straight year at the gospel music in- 
dustry's 16th annual Dove Awards. 
Patti also repeated for the fourth year 
as top female vocalist and won inspi- 
rational album of the year honors for 
her "Songs from the Heart." Steven 
Green was top male vocalist, and 
songwriter of the year was Michael W. 
Smith. Amy Grant's "Straight Ahead" 
was contemporary album of the year." 

A bad year for . . . 

It was a rough year for the Mormon 
Church. A letter linking Mormon 
founder Joseph Smith to folk magic 
was released during 1985. Other docu- 

ments that challenge Mormon history 
were linked to bombings in October 
that killed two people and injured a 
third. The bombings are still under in- 

Mormon scholar Stan Larson said 
he was forced to resign his position 
with the church after concluding that 
Joseph Smith copied much of his "di- 
vine revelation" from the King James 

Sanctuary workers also got some 
bad news during 1985. Church mem- 
bers who had protested Reagan's Cen- 
tral American policies by offering ref- 
uge to illegal aliens from El Salvador 
and Guatemala were prosecuted for 
immigration violations. 


Although Christians are biblically 
leery of secular courts, all year long 
they were in and out of court with 
lawsuits as varied as the groups bring- 
ing them. 

Rollen Stewart and Stephen Francis 
sued officials who removed signs bear- 
ing Bible verses during a football 
game at RFK Stadium. The 15-foot 
banners said, "John 3:16," and were 
removed by officials, even though 
other signs unrelated to the game 
were allowed, according to the suit. 
The suit claims discrimination based 
on religion. 

Colorado Pastor Richard Blanche 
battled a city ordinance that prohibits 
religious activities in private homes. 
Blanche's small congregation meets in 
his home; he has been sentenced and 
fined for conducting the meetings. 

Eleven-year-old Rebecca Higgins 
sued her public school after officials 
confiscated Bibles she had given to 
other students. Higgins presented a 
book report on the Bible, and gave 
copies of the New Testament to her 
classmates, but the Bibles were seized 
and the sixth-grader was told she had 
broken the law, according to the suit. 

A Louisiana family sued their 
church and its pastor for $2.5 million 
after the church expelled them. 

Americans United for Separation of 
Church and State sued a bunch of 
people. They sued U.S. Education 
Secretary William Bennett for favor- 

ing government aid to religious 
schools. They sued the Reagan admin- 
istration for establishing diplomatic 
ties with the Vatican City. 

And finally, a couple fi-om Lowry, 
Minnesota, sued the Worldwide 
Church of God for $5 million when the 
world didn't end as promised. Gilman 
and Gladys Anderson said they gave 
their farmland to the church when 
they were assured the world would 
end, but became suspicious when 
memy years passed £md the world was 
still here. 

Supreme Court 

The Supreme Court took a long, 
hard look at religious liberty in 1985. 
In a series of decisions, many of them 
by narrow margins, the Court de- 
scribed and clsu-ified its views on re- 
ligious freedom. 

The Court told the city of Scarsdale, 
in New York, that it must accommo- 
date citizens wishing to erect a Nativ- 
ity display on public property. That 
decision was a 4-4 tie and set no na- 
tional precedent, but affirmed previ- 
ous rulings on Nativity displays. 

An Alabama law that provided a 
daily "minute of silence" for prayer or 
meditation was struck down by the 
Court, which ruled that the Alabama 
Legislature should not have suggested 
prayer as a possible activity for the 
moment of silence. 

The Court also invalidated a Con- 
necticut law that protected the right of 
employees to take their Sabbath day 
off from work. The Court decided that 
guaranteeing a Sabbath day of rest 
placed an undue burden on employers 
and nonreligious employees. 

Just before adjourning for the sum- 
mer, the Court struck dovwi systems in 
New York and Michigan that were 
providing remedial and enrichment 
instruction to private school students. 
The programs were ruled invalid be- 
cause public school teachers entered 
private schools to provide the instruc- 
tion. The Court noted that public 
school teachers could be influenced by 
the "pervasively sectarian nature of 
the religious schools in which they 
work," but left open the possibility of 
students traveling to "neutral sites" to 
receive the tax-supported aid. 

The Supreme Court term begun in 
October of 1985 holds the promise of 
many more church-state decisions. 
The cases the Court accepted for re- 
view include: a student-led Bible 
study club that was denied access to 
school facilities made available to 
other student organizations; a blind 
man who was denied vocational educa- 
tion assistance because of his decision 
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The Brethren Evangelist 



Family for a week: participants in the Jefferson "Live-In." 

Jefferson Teen-agers Leave Home; 
Move Into Local Church Building 

Goshen, Ind. — More than 30 young 
people of the Jefferson Brethren 
Church left home the first week of 
December and moved into the church. 

No, they were not teen-age runa- 
ways, about whom we hear so much 
these days. Rather, they were partici- 
pants in a church-sponsored "Live-In." 

The purposes of the Live-In were to 
provide the young people an opportu- 
nity to strengthen relationships with 
one another and their counselors, a 
chance to improve their self-esteem, 
and an environment in which they 
could share their problems and con- 
cerns with others. 

The youth settled into Blessin' 
Haus, just north of the main church 
building, with sleeping bags, food, and 
clothing on Sunday evening, De- 
cember 1. They were joined by youth 
sponsors Pat and Jeryl Hochstedler, 
Pam and Ken Ingold, Denise and 
Kerry Scott, and the sponsors' chil- 

Throughout the following week, 
both the youth and their sponsors 
came and went from Blessin' Haus 
just as they would from home. In fact, 
they only went to their own homes if a 
real necessity arose, like a need for 
more clothes. Furthermore, the youth 
were encouraged to cancel all commit- 
ments outside of school during the 
week if possible. 

After school each day, the students 
returned to Blessin' Haus. There time 

was set aside each evening for studies, 
and when students completed their 
homework, a ping pong table, pool 
table, and various board games were 
avEiilable for entertainment. Each 
member of the group was also respon- 
sible at one time or another to help 
prepare meals or do dishes. But at 11 
p.m. all activities ceased and it was 
lights out. 

Special activities were also planned 
throughout the week. On Tuesday 
evening, students and sponsors held a 
discussion on rock music. Wednesday 
evening was parents night. And on 
Friday night the youth were busy in 
the kitchen filling orders for a bake 

According to the youth, the Live-In 
was a success. Cheryl Burkey, a first- 
time Live-In youth, said, "I thought it 
was great because if you had a prob- 
lem, you could really just talk to any- 
body and they would understand." 
And Ross Goebel, a three-year veteran 
of Jefferson Live-Ins, said, "I thought 
it was the best one we've had." 

Rev. Kerry Scott, one of the spon- 
sors who is also associate pastor of the 
Jefferson Church, agreed with the 
youth about the success of the week, 
noting that many souls were opened 
and many heartaches heard. "But 
above all," he said, "it provided a 
strengthening of relationships be- 
tween sponsors and youth that is dif- 
ficult to achieve on a one- or two-hour- 
a-week basis." 

For other youth groups interested in 
trying such a venture, Rev. Scott says, 
"I would recommend that they not 
take the challenge lightly; [they must] 
realize that it took a large amount of 
preparation. However, it is not nearly 
so costly as going to a retreat facility, 
and the results are very similar. 
Above all it is an exhausting week for 
all involved!" 

Spending a week together at the 
strengthen relationships, share problems, 

church gave the youth an opportunity to 
and grow in self-esteem,. 

February 1986 



Sarasota Brethren Family Receives 
Greeting Card From the President 

by Helen Griffith 

pealing little true-life story seems 
especially fitting for today, which is 
still so fresh in the new year.* It is 
about two young people £ind how their 
life has been anything but ordinary 
since their marriage eight years ago. 
In fact, this column mentioned it be- 
cause Timothy L. Solomon and 
Janet Hamel were married by both 
their fathers. Janet is the daughter of 
Dr. and Mrs. J.D. Hamel and Tim is 
the son of the Rev. and Mrs. Kenneth 
L. Solomon. 

The summer of '84, after touring 
Europe and the United States for 
three months with the Continental 
Orchestra and Singers, Tim and Jan 
returned home to Florida to pick up 
their newly adopted baby girl, Lisa 
Joy. Now, for her second Christmas, 
Lisa has received a memorable greet- 
ing, a Christmas card from President 
and Mrs. Reagan. This came about 
because Janet photographed her 
daughter during the speech the Presi- 
dent gave the evening he returned 
fi"om the Geneva summit. The photo 
included President Reagem on the TV 
screen, as well as Lisa applauding en- 
thusiastically. A copy was mailed to 
the President with a brief letter 
thanking him for his efforts in making 
the world a safer place to live in. Soon 
after, surprised and pleased mama 
Janet had the fiin of opening the 
greeting addressed to the Solomon 
family and finding it bore the presi- 

*This article originally appeared in the 
Sunday, January 12, 1986, edition of the 
Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 

Tim and Janet Solomon with daughter 
Lisa Joy. 

dential seal and a reproduction of the 
Blue Room. 

Most delighted of the family mem- 
bers was Dr. Htunel, who last year re- 
ceived a personal letter from the Pres- 
ident in honor of 25 years of service at 
the First Brethren Church. Dr. Hamel 
has also received three invitations to 
the White House to attend presiden- 
tial briefings, including one that he 
attended last year on NicEtragua, as a 
member of the National Religious 
Broadcasters Association. 

Tim's father, the Rev. Solomon, 
served as a missionary for more thtm 
22 years in South America, and now 
pastors the Iglesia Hispana de los Her- 
manos, a Spanish sister church of 
First Brethren. 

This is a 
copy of the 
picture of 
Lisa Joy 
the Presi- 
dent that 
Janet sent 
to President 


Janet is the band director and 
elementary Spanish teacher at 
Sarasota Christian School, as well as 
the youth director at the First Breth- 
ren Church. For more than seven 
years, Tim has been an announcer/ 
producer at Sarasota's own Christian 
radio station, WKZM-105.5 FM. He 
produces Dr. Hamel's intemationed 
radio program, "The Brethren Hour," 
and the Rev. Solomon's international 
Spanish program, "Dios te Habla" 
(God Speaks To You). Tim is also cur- 
rently working toward his B.S. degree 
in business administration. 

Janet was the only flutist for the 40- 
piece orchestra when they were on 
tour. Tim was the business manager, 
photographer and lighting technician. 

"We were also the tour's 'mom and 
dad,' serving as chaperones," Janet re- 
calls. "The orchestra crossed the 
States twice by chartered bus and 
played in England, Belgium, Holland, 
West Germany and Austria. 

Masontown Youth Present 
Live Nativity Portrayal 

Masontown, Pa. — The youth of the 
Masontown Brethren Church psirtici- 
pated in a live portrayal of the Nativ- 
ity each evening of the week before 

Sixteen youth members took part in 
the portrayal of the Nativity, which 
was presented on the front lawn of the 
church. Following the two-hour dis- 
play each evening, the youth went 
Christmas caroling throughout the 

The good response by the commimi- 
ty to the Nativity scene indicated that 
this youth activity was well ap- 

The Advent activities of the Mason- 
town Brethren Church concluded on 
Christmas Eve with the church con- 
ducting a candlelight service following 
the Nativity display. 

— reported by Nancy Wilson 

Missionary Jeanne Bobenage 
Returns Home From Colombia 

Ashland, Ohio — Miss Jeanne 
Bobenage, short-term missionary to 
Bogotd, Colombia, returned to the 
United States in mid-January. 

Visa difficulties and other problems 
caused Miss Bobenage to return to the 
U.S. Her future involvement in mis- 
sions is uncertain at this time. Be in 
prayer for Grod's direction. 

Details and first-hand reports fi-om 
Jeanne will be forthcoming. 

The Brethren Evangeust 


Former Argentine Pastor to Speak 
At Indiana District Rally Mar. 2 

North Manchester, Ind. — Mr. Juan 
Carlos Ortiz, a native of Buenos Aires, 
Argentina, will be the speaker at the 
hidiana District Rally to be held 
March 2 at Cordier Auditorium in 
North Manchester. 

"First Things First" will be the 
theme of the rally, which will include 
special music by the Indiana District 
Brethren Youth Choir in addition to 
the message by Mr. Ortiz. 

Mr. Ortiz served for a number of 
years as pastor of El Tabemaculo de la 
Fe (Faith Tabernacle) in Buenos 
Aires, a church that enjoyed phenom- 
enal growth during his pastoral 

ministry. He 
now lives in 
Menlo Park, 
Calif, but he 
ministers all 
over the world. 
He is fluent 
in several 
languages and 
has spoken in 
Africa, Asia, 
Australia, Eu- 
rope, and both 
Juan Carlos Ortiz North and 
South America. He has been the fea- 
tured speaker at a number of denomi- 

national and interdenominational con- 
ferences and was also one of the 
speakers at the World Conference on 
Evangelism in Lausanne, Switzerland. 

In addition, Mr. Ortiz is the author 
of several books, including Disciple, 
Call to Discipleship, The Cry of the 
Human Heart, and Living With Jesus 

Mr. Ortiz speaks and writes with 
shocking honesty. His unmistakable 
goal is to shake the foundations of the 
institutionalized church with love and 
biblical truth in order to move it to 
New Testament action. 

The March 2 rally will begin at 6:00 
p.m. A freewill offering will be taken 
during the service. A nursery for 
small children will be available at the 
North Manchester First Brethren 
Church at 407 North Sycamore Street. 

Peace Committee Members 
Attend Recent Conferences 

St Petersburg, Fla. — General Con- 
ference Committee members Dr. 
Harold Bamett and Rev. Phil Lersch 
attended recent peace conferences. 

Dr. Bamett, pastor of the Hagers- 
town, Md., First Brethren Church, at- 
tended the On Earth Peace Assembly 
at New Windsor, Md., on December 13 
and 14. The theme of this conference 
was "USAJSSR Peace Initiatives." 
(His report of this conference appears 
on page 8 of this issue.) 

Rev. Lersch, chairman of the Peace 
Committee, attended a Presbyterian- 
Mennonite "Shalom Conference" Jan- 

uary 10-12 at the Laurelville Men- 
nonite Chiu-ch Center in Pennsyl- 
VEUiia. Resource leaders for this con- 
ference came from both the Anabap- 
tist and Reformed Traditions. 

In addition to attending this confer- 
ence, Rev. Lersch reports that he was 
impressed with the attitude of Tim 
Maland, whose brother Don was killed 
and brother Mark wounded in the ter- 
rorists' shooting spree at the Rome 
airport in December. According to a 
St. Petersburg Times report of Ma- 
land's written plea to "potential 
executioners" who favor violent retali- 
ation against the terrorists, Maland 
believes that international trade 
promises more relief than violence 

This is not to say that Maland is soft 
on terrorism, for he said, "Had [I] the 
opportunity, I would join the firing 
squad for my brother's executioners. 
But how do we line them up against 
the wall?" 

Maland goes on to say, "What is 
needed is not millions of dollars in 
weapons being sent to the region. 
What is needed is agriculture, indus- 
try and education. Only when they 
have a viable economic structure with 
a hope for the future can we hope to 
channel the potential terrorists into 
constructive rather than destructive 
actions. . . . Only with a viable 
economic structure can terrorists offer 
their own people more than refugee 
camps and starvation." 

Religion in Review 

(continued from page 14) 
to study for Christian work; and an 
Air Force chaplain who was forbidden 
to wear the religious head covering re- 
quired by his religion. 

The Court also accepted abortion 
cases for review, and will explore the 
right of state governments to regulate 
abortion procedures. 

Perhaps the main thing the Court 
did during 1985 was to stay alive. 
Faced with the prospect of having new 
justices appointed by Reagan, the 
Court — one of the oldest in the na- 
tion's history — stayed on the job. 
"There is a contest on, obviously," 
explained John Whitehead, president 
of the Rutherford Institute, a religious 
liberty organization. "There is a very 
liberal element in the Supreme Court 
that wants to stay on until Reagan 
goes out of office, because they fear he 
will appoint a conservative. For people 
interested in a conservative court, the 

'88 elections Eire key." 

Speaking of the '88 elections, Pat 
Robertson, founder of Christian 
Broadcasting Network and host of 
CBN's "700 Club," is quietly consider- 
ing a run for the White House in 1988. 
"One of these days I may be a politi- 
cian," said Robertson. "I don't know." 

State of the world 

The religious status of the world is 
changing. The nimiber of unevEingel- 
ized in the world dropped by about 
four percent since 1980, according to 
the World Christian Encyclopedia, but 
the percentage of Christians in total 
world population dropped by about one 
half of one percent as well. An esti- 
mated 27.9 percent of the world's 
population was still unevangelized in 
1985 (1.3 billion people); Christians 
make up an estimated 32.4 percent of 
world population (1.5 billion). The 
encyclopedia also recorded 250,000 
foreign missionaries and 3.5 million 

national Christian workers. 

White Christians eu-e now in the 
minority, according to World Evangel- 
ical Fellowship. The shift has taken 
place since the beginning of this cen- 
tury. In 1910, about six percent of all 
Christians lived outside Europe and 
North America. Today, that propor- 
tion has increased to 54 percent. 

All in all . . . 

All in all, 1985 was a yecu- of 
struggling to maintain in a world that 
is becoming increasingly secular and 
increasingly hostile to religion; a year 
of unrest; a year with fewer and fewer 
easy answers. It was a year in which 
the world became more dangerous £ind 
less satisfying for lovers of peace and 
justice. Some of the changes the year 
brought were encouraging; many were 
threatening. As a result, the world at 
the end of 1985 was, in many ways, a 
less pleasant place to live than when 
the year began. 

February 1986 





Mrs. Lynne Brady, wife of the pas- 
tor of the College Corner Brethren 
Church, was the director of a commu- 
nity choir performance of Handel's 
Messiah in Wabash, Ind., on Sunday, 
December 8. Rev. Kevin Whitmore, 
pastor of the Wabash First Brethren 
Church, was the tenor soloist for the 

Mr. and Mrs. Dale Shamp were 
set apart as deacon and deaconess in 
the Smithville, Ohio, Brethren Church 
during the morning worship service on 
January 5. Dr. John Shultz, dean of 
Ashland Theological Seminary and 
chairman of the Ohio District Board of 
Evangelists, was the speaker for the 

Laymen of the Bryan, Ohio, First 
Brethren Church are offering a 
"Dial-a-Ride" service for snowy Sun- 
day mornings this winter. Anyone 
who does not want to drive to Sunday 
services because of the bad weather 
can call the church after 8:45 a.m., 
and someone will come and pick the 
person up. 

Pastor Dan Lawson of the Valley 
Brethren church (Jones Mills, Pa.) 
has promised that he will preach from 
the roof of the church building if his 
congregation fills the sanctuary for a 
Sunday morning worship service. Pas- 
tor Lawson estimates that the sanc- 
tuary will hold 150 people without 
adding extra seating, so has set that 
as the goal his people must reach. 

The Central District Brethren will 
hold their annual inspirational meet- 
ing February 7 and 8 at the Ramada 
Inn in Davenport, Iowa. Dr. John 
Shultz, dean of Ashland Theological 
Seminary, will be the speaker for the 

Ashland College will conduct an 
AC Scholar Test on March 1 that 
will enable high school seniors to 
qualify for awards ranging from a full 
scholarship to $1,000. Thirty-one 
awards will be made — one full schol- 
arship (tuition, room and board), two 
full-tuition scholarships, and 28 

awards of $1,000. Each award is re- 
newable for three years if the recip- 
ient continues to meet academic re- 
quirements. High school seniors who 
have applied to AC are eligible to take 
the test. For more information contact 
Ashland College at 800-882-1548 or 

The Smithville, Ohio, Brethren 

Church recently bought the property 
next to its parking lot at a purchase 
price of $23,500. The church will use 
the property for future expansion. 

Northwest Brethren Chapel in 

Tucson, Ariz., celebrated its tenth an- 
niversary as a Brethren church on 
Sunday, January 19, with a carry-in 
dinner, a time for visiting, and a spe- 
cial program. 

Rev. Kenneth Solomon, head of 
the Spanish ministry of the Sarasota, 
Fla., First Brethren Church, is one of 
several area pastors who minister to 

the hundreds of baseball players who 
come to Sarasota each year. As part 
of a chaplaincy program known as 
Baseball Chapel, Inc., Rev. Solomon 
ministers particularly to the many 
Hispanic players who train there. 

When Vianna E. Hackett, a mem- 
ber of the Calvary Brethren Church, 
Hampton, N.J., renewed her Evangel- 
ist subscription recently, she said that 
the Evangelist has been coming into 
her home for over 80 yetirs. 

Dr. Roberta Hestenes was re- 
cently named chairperson of the board 
of World Vision International. She is 
the first woman to head this board, 
and may be one of the first women to 
hold this high an office in any Chris- 
tian organization. 

General Conference recommended 
that Brethren read through the Bible 
in 1986. Are you? It only takes about 
15 minutes per day. 

In Memof7 

Mrs. Viola W. Curtright, 75, January 9. 
Charter member and deaconess of the 
Cheyenne Brethren Church. Services by G. 
Emery Hurd, pastor. Mrs. Curtright was 
the wife of Rev. Albert Ciutright and the 
daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Frank Garber. 
Her parents founded the Cheyenne Breth- 
ren Church in 1945, and her father pas- 
tored the congregation until 1963. Her hus- 
band served the Carleton, Neb., Brighton 
Chapel, Ind., and Burlington, Ind., Breth- 
ren churches. Then in 1978 the Curtrights 
returned to Cheyenne, where Rev. Curt- 
right pastored the Cheyenne Brethren 
Church until his retirement in 1984. 
Elmer R. Hostetler, 85, January 2. 
Member since 1934 of the Johnstown 
Second Brethren Church. Services by Don 
Wagstaff, pastor. 

Charles R. Haecker, 53, January 2. 
Member of the First Brethren Church of 
North Manchester. Services by Archie 
Nevins, pastor, and Rev. Woodrow Immel. 
Zebna O. Harrington, 75, December 29. 
Member for 36 years of the First Brethren 
Church of Waterloo. Services by Lynn 
Mercer, pastor. 

Lucia M. Moser, 78, December 27. 
Member for 57 years of the First Brethren 
Church of Waterloo. Services by Lynn 
Mercer, pastor. 

Josephine Parcell, 69, December 26. 
Member of the First Brethren Church of 
New Paris and served as church secretary 
for 26 years. Services by Robert P. Bischof, 

Mrs. Mae Johnson, 92, December 25. 
Member since 1911 of The Brethren 
Church in New Lebanon. Services by 
Robert Dillard, pastor. 
Richard Poorbaugh, 62, December 25. 
Member of the Ashland Park Street Breth- 
ren Church. Services by Arden E. Gilmer, 

Ruth Poteet, 93, December 24. Lifelong 

member of the First Brethren Church of 

Falls City. Services by James L. Thomas, 


Lillian Chesley, 90, December 22. 

Member of the First Brethren Church of 

Falls City. Services by James L. Thomas, 


Neva Hundley, 87, December 21. Member 

of the First Brethren Church of Flora. 

Services by Alvin Grumbling, pastor. 

Mrs. Hazel Landis, 84, December 17. 

Member since 1918 of The Brethren 

Church in New Lebanon. 

Ruth N. Metz, 82, November 23. Member, 

deaconess emeritus, and for many years 

WMS president of the St. James Brethren 

Church. Services by Brian H. Moore, p£is- 

tor, and Dr. Harold E. Bamett. 

William F. Sensenbaugh, 55, November 

16. Member of the St. James Brethren 

Church. Services by Brian H. Moore, 


Wayne E. Draper, 48, November 11. 

Member of the St. James Brethren Church. 

Services by Brian H. Moore, pastor. 


Dyanna Lamb to Juan Kosar, November 
30, at the Waterloo First Brethren Church; 
Lynn Mercer, pastor, officiating. Bride a 
member of the Waterloo First Brethren 

Carol J. Bouldin to Roy Guckenburg, 
November 22, at the ChejTine Brethren 
Church; G. Emery Hurd, pastor, officiat- 
ing. Members of the Cheyenne Brethren 

Membership Growth 

Roann: 2 by baptism 

Cheyenne: 3 by baptism 

Sarver: 1 by baptism, 2 by transfer 

Waterloo: 2 by baptism, 1 by transfer 


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Jesus saidf "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder 
them; for to such iieiongs the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 19:14). 

The Story of Ruth 

The Book of Ruth in the Old Testament is a story of love and devotion. It is a \' 
story of Ruth's loyalty and kindness to her mother-in-law, Naomi. Ruth had many 
fine qualities we could strive for. Think of a special way you can show kindness 
and love to your family and friends. 

Book of Ruth Acrostic 

Fill in the acrostic using words from the Book of Ruth, 
a beautiful love story. 

1. The grain Ruth harvested 
(Ruth 1:22) 

2. Naomi's daughter-in-law 
(Ruth 1 :4) 

3. A great deal of money 
(Ruth 2:1) 

4. Ruth's first husband 
(Ruth 4:10) 

5. Place to which Ruth and Naomi 
returned (Ruth 1:22) 

6. Ruth's second husband 
(Ruth 4:13) 

7. Ruth's great-grandson 
(Ruth 4:22) 

8. The work Ruth did in the 
fields (Ruth 2:3) 

9. Son of Ruth and Boaz 
(Ruth 4:17) 

10. No food in the land 
(Ruth 1:1) 

11. Bethlehem was in 
(Ruth 1:1) 

12. Place of Ruth's birth 
(Ruth 1:4) 

13. Naomi's husband 
(Ruth 1:2) 

14. Ruth became the 

of Boaz (Ruth 4:13) 




























A Message of Love 

To find the well-known words spoken by Ruth to her mother-in-law, write the letter of the alphabet 
that comes after each letter shown; z will equal an a. 

". . . enq vgdqd xnt fn, H vhkk fn, zmc vgdqd xnt kncfd, H vhkk kncfd. 

Xntq odnokd rgzkk ad Ix odnokd, zmc xntq Fnc, Ix Fnc." 

_. , , ." Ruth 1 :16, NASB 


February 1986 



(A study of Romans 1-8) 

By Dr. Arden E. Gilmer, pastor of the Ashland 
Park Street Brethren Church and the 1985 
General Conference Moderator. 

Here is a book to: 

Sharpen your understanding of the 

Lead you into a deeper life in the Spirit. 

Help you become "more than con- 
queror" in Christ Jesus. 

Some chapter titles 

God's Wholehearted Servant 
Consequences of Demoting God 
When Slavery Is Good 
Why We Have Trouble Keeping Our New 

Year's Resolutions 
More Than Conquerors 








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by Alvin Shifflett 

"Stick Out Your Tongue!" 

tongue were not so vital for the 
mastication of food and the com- 
munication of thoughts, and if it 
were not so securely fastened, the 
legal system might consider defining 
it as a concealed weapon and in- 
stituting a law which would forbid 
the use or possession of this poten- 
tially deadly and destructive instru- 

I do not believe that it is an 
exaggeration to say that the tongue 
has done more destruction in our 
world than nuclear weapons. "Hold 
the tongue!" might be a more impor- 
tant protest than "Ban the bomb!" 

The tongue, unlike other weapons, 
can inflict pain that never subsides 
and wounds that never heal. Its 
dreadful discharge comes in several 
forms. Sometimes it comes as an un- 
truth or a half-truth. At other times 
it comes as a word of criticism or 
faultfinding, or as an expression of 
dislike or prejudice. On other occa- 
sions it issues forth as a statement 
of doubt and discouragement, or as 
an utterance of name-calling or nag- 

"Somebody Talked" 

An often repeated slogan during 
World War II was, "A slip of the lip 
may sink a ship." I remember seeing 
a picture of a South Pacific battle 
scene in which Marines are storm- 
ing a beachhead in the face of enemy 
fire. Soldiers are dropping every- 
where and the sand is red with 
blood. The picture bears a two-word 
caption: "Somebody Talked." 

James, the half-brother of Jesus, 
compared the tongue's destructive 
potential to that of an unattended 
fire (Jas. 3:5). As you know, a tiny 
spark is all it takes to ignite a rag- 
ing forest fire. In a few short hours 
generations of timber growth can be 
destroyed as the result of a careless 
flick of a match. 

In 1871, the infamous Chicago fire 
was started when a cow kicked over 
a single lantern. One kick began a 
raging inferno that engulfed over 
17,000 homes. James claims that the 
tongue in its uncontrolled state is 
capable of starting just such a fire. 
"The tongue can no man tame; it is 
an unruly evil, full of deadly poison" 

King Solomon said, "Death and 
life are in the power of the tongue: 
. . . (Prov. 18:21)." Once you speak in 
a destructive, hurtful way, you can't 
take back your words. They have 
been forever said. Can you put 
toothpaste back into the tube again? 
You may apologize for your words, 
but the damage has been done, the 
evil committed. Will Carleton ex- 
pressed it this way: "Boys flying 

kites haul in their white winged 
birds. / You can't do that way when 
you're flying words. I ... I Thoughts 
unexpressed may sometimes fall 
back dead; / But God Himself can't 
kill them when they're said." 

A mirror to the heart 

The tongue is a mirror to the 
heart. James states that it is a 
"world of iniquity" that often "de- 
files the whole body." The words we 
hear rolling off the tongue reveal 
the true condition of the heart. 
Shakespeare wrote, ". . . he hath a 
heart as sound as a bell, cind his 
tongue is the clapper, for what his 
heart thinks his tongue speaks" (Act 
III, Scene 2, Much Ado About Noth- 
ing). Socrates said, "Speak, friend, 
that I may see thee." Jesus said, ". . . 
out of the abundance of the heart 
the mouth speaketh" (Matt. 12:34). 

The amazing thing about the 
tongue is that its ability to do evil is 
equaled by its ability to do good. 
For, "With the tongue we praise our 
Lord and Father, and with it we 
curse men .... Can both fresh water 
and salt water flow fi"om the same 
spring?" (Jas. 3:9-11, NIV) 

In Exodus 15 we are told of the 
children of Israel coming to the wa- 
ters of Marah. Marah means bitter- 
ness, and when the people of Israel 
discovered that the waters were bit- 
ter, they turned upon Moses like 
wild animals. Moses was told by God 
to throw a tree into the water. He 
obeyed, and the waters turned 

Like the waters of Marah, our 
harsh bitterness can be transformed 
into sweetness if we look to the 
empty tree of Calvary. Only through 
Christ can we be assured of a trans- 
formed heart that will affect our 

When you visit your physician for 
a medical examination, he will in- 
evitably inspect your tongue. The 
color, texture, and coating of the 
tongue reveal much about the condi- 
tion of your health. Likewise, the 
words which come from your tongue 
reveal a great deal about the condi- 
tion of your heart. Perhaps our 
church ushers should be instructed 
to usher people into the cloakroom 
first, where they would be told to 
"Stick out your tongue!" 

What does your tongue reveal 
about you? [t] 

The Brethren Evangelist 

March 1986 
Volume 108, Number 3 

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Five Affirmations of Easter by G. Roger Schoenhals 4 

The first Easter sermon was delivered by an angel to the 
three women who came to Jesus' tomb on Easter morning. 

From Complacent to Courageous Christianity 6 

by Timothy P. Garner 

Peter and John's experiences in the Temple and before the 
religious leaders challenge us to move from a complacent 
faith to a courageous one. 

A Voice From the Fiery Skies by Brian H. Moore 8 

The tragedy of the space shuttle Challenger raises several 
soul-searching questions. 

New Discoveries in Love by Tom Brohm 10 

Common misunderstandings of the word love cheapen its meaning. 

Five-Thousand-Year-Old Homes Uncovered in Jerusalem 17 

by Leora Frucht 

Three houses recently discovered by archaeologists date 

back to the beginning of Jerusalem as a city. 

Brethren World Missions 

Ministry Pages: 

Another Overview by James R. Black 
Reasons to Praise God in Malaysia by David Loi 
India: Ministry Overview^ by K. Prasanth Kumar 
Colombia: Memories of 1985 by Chantal Logan 



The Salt Shaker 

by Alvin Shifflett 
Readers' Forum 

2 Update 18 

From the Grape Vine 22 

11 Little Crusader Page 23 

11 by Jane Solomon 


An artist's conception of the scene when an angel told 
Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and 
Salome the good news that Jesus had risen (Mk. 16:6-7). 
The photograph of this painting (which also appears on 
page 4) is by Harold M. Lambert. Cover layout by J. 
Howard Mack. 

Answers to Little Crusader Page. 

Love Search: At right. (Note: "So," "He" and "in" are 
each found more than once, but each word was only 
circled once. You may have circled a different one. 

Love Fractions: "Jesus died for you." 

March 1986 

Five Affirmations of Easter 

By G. Roger Schoenhals 

first Easter morning, we see a 
handful of women winding their way 
to the garden tomb. They carry con- 
tainers of spices and ointments. And 
they bear grief. Jesus, their Lord, is 
dead and they come to anoint His 

Though they know that a boulder 
blocks the opening of the tomb, they 
come, hoping that somehow, some- 
one will roll it away. When they ar- 
rive, they lift their eyes to confront 
the stone. What they see makes 
them gasp. It's gone! The door is 

Entering, they see a young man 
wearing white and sitting next to a 
slab of rock. He speaks to the bewil- 
dered women: "Don't be alarmed." 
And then he delivers the first Easter 
sermon (see Mark 16:6-7). In that 
dark, hollow tomb he proclaims the 
five affirmations of Easter. 

He lives! 

The angel begins at the point of 
their experience. "You are looking 
for Jesus .... He is not here. See the 
place where they laid him."* But 
along with the obvious, he adds 
something new. News heard for the 
first time. He tells them plainly, "He 
has risen!" 

Three words. Three historical 
words. Words that form the founda- 
tion of our faith. Words of life and 

Every week we gather to celebrate 
these words and to worship the liv- 
ing Christ. And every year when 
Easter rolls around, we really let it 

*Quotations from the Bible are from the 
New International Version. 

Mr. Schoenhals is a free-lance writer 
who lives in Seattle, Washington. 

ring. We heartily sing words such 
as, "Up from the grave He arose," 
and "He rose triumphantly, in power 
and majesty." We nearly yell it, 
"Jesus Christ lives!" 

And because Jesus lives, we live. 
We experience the results of His 
atoning death. We enjoy His daily 
presence. And we have His im- 
measurable power working inside of 

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''Don't be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus 
Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not 
the place where they laid him. But go, tell his discipU 
He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will 
him, just as he told you.' " Mark 16:6-7 

us to mold us into His image and to 
help us win our daily battles with 

He sends us out! 

The second affirmation of Easter 
takes us outside of ourselves. Again, 
the angel says it plainly. "Go, tell," 
he exhorts. Speaking for the Lord, 
He gives them a mission to spread 
the good news. 

We express our belief in the resur- 
rection not only with our hearts, but 
with our feet. By sharing the Easter 
event with others, we fulfill the will 
of God. 

To me, the most vivid picture of 
Easter is not a tourist's photograph 
of the garden tomb. It's the portrait 
John paints of Peter racing to the 
empty grave. We see his robes flying 
in the wind. We see his face — 
eager, excited. He runs with pur- 

Easter reminds us of our highest 
purpose. Life is more than eating, 
sleeping, working, and playing. It's 
even more than enjoying God's love 
and forgiveness. What matters most 
is that we take seriously His com- 
mand to "Go into all the world and 
preach the good news to all creation" 
(Mk. 16:15). 

Maybe we won't literally "Go tell 
it on the mountain," but we can dust 
off some other means of getting out 
the message. Sincerely expressing a 
word of concern, sharing what God 
has done for us, offering encourage- 
ment, performing a thoughtful deed 
— these are some of the ways we can 
make known the reality of Easter. 

He goes before us! 

He sends us out, but not alone. 
The angel told the women, "He is 
going ahead of you . . . ." And so the 
third affirmation of Easter is the 
promise of His leadership. 

The empty tomb means we can 

have confidence in the future. We 
know that when we get to tomorrow 
or next year, Jesus is already there. 
When troubles come or tragedy 
strikes, Jesus knows of it before- 
hand. He abides both in the present 
and in the future. 

The disciples discovered this when 
they were fishing on the Sea of 
Galilee. Jesus called from shore, 
telling them where to throw their 
nets. And then He called them to the 
campfire and to the breakfast He 
had prepared for them. Heaven will 
be like that. When we arrive, we 
will find our Host ready and waiting 
for us. 

Jesus lives to guide us through 
rough seas and to lead us beside still 
waters. He lives to lead us in paths 
of righteousness. We serve a risen 

He reveals Himself! 

The angel told the women that if 
the disciples went to Galilee, they 
would see Jesus. He would reveal 
Himself to them. The fourth affirma- 
tion of Easter, then, is the possibil- 
ity of having a personal experience 
with Jesus Christ. We can know 

After leaving the tomb, Mary of 
Magdala met Jesus in the garden. 
She thought He was a gardener. But 
Jesus revealed His identity to her. 
She saw Him as the Lord (see John 

And what about the two men who 
walked along the Emmaus road with 
the stranger? That evening, as He 
blessed the meal, their eyes were 
opened and they recognized Him 
(see Luke 24:13-35). 

The risen Christ is not hiding. He 
desires to make Himself known to 
anyone who will "confess with your 
mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe 
in your heart that God raised him 
from the dead" (Rom. 10:9). 

Easter means we can know Jesus 
as personal Savior and Lord. That's 
why a popular Easter song ends with 
the words, "You ask me how I know 
He lives? He lives within my heart." 

He keeps His word! 

Jesus said He would be crucified 
and buried and on the third day 
arise. He said it three times during 
the week prior to His death. And 
through His prophets. He said it re- 
peatedly in the Old Testament. 

When He rose from the dead. He 
proved to us He could be trusted. 
The angel reminded the women of 
this when he added the words, "just 
as he told you." 

Easter means affirming the faith- 
fulness of God. It means taking fresh 
hold on the promises of God. Prom- 
ises about His help in times of temp- 
tation. Promises about His going to 
prepare a place for us in heaven. 
Promises about His return. 

Friends will let us down. At times 
our own family will fail us. But not 
Jesus. We can count on Him. 

When our children were young, 
we organized an annual Easter egg 
hunt. We hosted several dozen 
youngsters from the neighborhood. 
As the parents scurried around hid- 
ing the eggs in the vacant lot next 
door, I met with the children in a 
makeshift chapel in our double gar- 

During those few moments with 
the bundled-up, rosy-cheeked chil- 
dren, I tried desperately to hold 
their attention as I told the Easter 
story. I showed them a brightly col- 
ored egg and attempted to draw 
comparisons between it and new life 
and the resurrection. 

For some of the children, it was 
probably their first hearing of the 
Easter story. Maybe the only hear- 
ing. That's not true for most of us. 
We've heard if over and over. 

But how good to hear it again. 
Five affirmations that lift us and 
carry us forward. Jesus lives! He 
sends us out! He goes before us! 
He reveals Himself! He keeps His 
word! [t] 

March 1986 

Evangelistic Encounters in ttie Boolt of Acts. 

From Complacent 
To Courageous Christianity 

DAY AFTER DAY, three times a 
day, on their way into the Tem- 
ple to pray, they saw him. Some 
tossed the crippled beggar a coin; 
others ignored him. 

On this day the two people who 
walked by didn't rattle the cup with 
a coin. They said they had no silver 
or gold to give. Nevertheless, they 
revolutionized that beggar's life. 

Peter and John, we are told in 
Acts 3, were going to the Temple to 
pray. The blind beggar wanted only 
alms, but near the Temple gate 
called Beautiful, a beautiful event 
occurred. This man was healed. 

Beautiful acts of healing 

It is always beautiful to see acts of 
compassion performed, to see a per- 
son restored to health. Likewise, it 
is always beautiful to see a person 
"healed" from his sin. Just as Peter 
and John gave this man an opportu- 
nity to live a "new and improved" 
life, so, too, people freed from the 
grasp of sin can enjoy abundant liv- 
ing through the salvation which is 
found in no one else but Jesus (Acts 
4:12). This salvation is a miracle too! 

Let's look at the results of this 
miracle and the implications it has 
for our witness. The physician Luke 
relates the story in Acts 3 and 4. 

The healing did for Peter and 
John what the plagues did for Moses 
— it drew attention to the messen- 
gers, and more importantly, to the 
message. A crowd gathered because 
of this healing, and most of the 
people in that crowd heard the mes- 
sage of the gospel for the first time. 
As a result of this miracle, Peter and 

Rev. Garner is pastor of the Walcrest 
Brethren Church, Mansfield, Ohio. 

John also got the opportunity to talk 
to the riled religious establishment 
(Acts 4:1-22). The crowd responded 
to their message. The religious lead- 
ers (the skeptics) did not. 

The skeptics sought to discredit 
the miracle and the miracle work- 
ers. They thought that if they could 
find the source of Peter and John's 
power (Acts 4:7), perhaps they could 
destroy their credibility. 

Peter responded to the question- 
ing skeptics in the power of the 
Spirit, which is promised to us by 
Jesus in John 14:26; 15:26; and in 
Acts 1:8. Peter told them that the 
power came from the resurrected 
one, Jesus Christ. 

After hearing this answer, the 
skeptics, who saw their power over 
the people slipping away, held a 
mini-summit conference. They re- 
fused to accept Jesus as Lord and 
Savior, but they did admit to the 
reality of the situation. " 'What are 
we going to do with these men?' they 
asked. 'Everybody living in Jeru- 
salem knows they have done an out- 
standing miracle, and we cannot 
deny it' " (Acts 4:16, NFV, emphasis 

Demonstrating God's power 

So what is the authenticating 
miracle that opens the doors to wit- 
nessing opportunities for us today? 
What is it about us that demon- 
strates the undeniable power of God 
in our lives? 

Before answering that question, 
we need to note that the New Testa- 
ment warns against using miracles 
as the means of determing the truth 
of a present-day messenger. The 
Bible warns us to beware of false 
prophets who will perform signs and 

by Timothy P. Garner 

wonders so that even the elect are 
lead astray (see Matt. 24:24; Rev. 
13:13; 16:14; 19:20). We are told to 
test the spirits by comparing the 
present-day "miracle" worker with 
the truth of Scripture (I Jn. 4:1). 

Modern-day miracles 

So how do we gain an audience? 
How do we get people to listen to the 
message of salvation? We do so by 
two means that I consider modem- 
day miracles. 

The first of these is our personal 
salvation experience. Deliverance 
fi-om mankind's greatest enemy, his 
sinful self, is our most outstanding 
miracle. Our old nature, the selfish 
person, must be replaced with our 
greatest ally, the self-giving self. 

Peter and John, on their way to 
pray, could have passed by the beg- 
gar. But religion for them wasn't 
merely ritual. They had moved from 
a self-serving faith to a self-giving 
one, ft-om a complacent faith to a 
courageous one. For them, ministry 
was as important as worship. 

The complacent Christian would 
have walked by the beggar, who 
symbolizes those in the world who 
need help, hope, and salvation. The 
complacent Christian is content 
with taking part in the religious 
exercises of worship, Bible study, 
and prayer. The complacent Chris- 
tian is content to talk about reach- 
ing the lost without ever getting out 
and calling others to Christ. Peter 
and John got out of the pew (if they 
had one to begin with) and into the 
needs of people. A complacent Chris- 
tian, on the other hand, is like a 
ship in dry dock, not being used in 
the task for which he was created. 

To become a Christian is to be 

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"For effective evangelism to take place, the individual Christian and the 
church body must show the world the miracle of conversion, of trans- 
formation, of selfishness giving way to service." 

called to have courage. The Chris- 
tian has been healed or is in the 
process of being healed from the sins 
of self-indulgence, self-pity, negative 
emotions of all kinds, materialism, 
pride, self-gratification. One of the 
healings which authenticates our 
message today is our courage to 
stand up and tell the world how 
Christ has improved our lives. We 
must move from complacency to 
courage, from selfishness to service. 
Do they know that we are Chris- 
tians by our love? 

The second authenticating miracle 
of our age occurs in the church body. 
In spite of its sins and failures, the 
church remains the only organiza- 
tion on earth whose sole purpose is 
to glorify God. This second miracle 
happens when the church shows the 
world that being saved means people 
can live, love, and learn together. In 
a day of mistrust, deception, and de- 
spair, what greater miracle could we 
show the world than trust, truth, 
and hope. 

Earning the right to be heard 

When we attract the world with 
this miracle, we earn the right to 
tell them the gospel message. The 
church must show the world the 
miracle of unity; not uniformity, but 
unity in the midst of diversity, for- 
giveness in the midst of transgres- 
sion, acceptance in the midst of fail- 
ure, love in the midst of sin. 

The complacent church just sits 
and prays for revival and a visita- 
tion from God. The complacent 
church stews in the pews for others 
to come up to its level of spiritual 
maturity. But the courageous 
church serves the local community 
in loving obedience to Christ. The 
courageous church spends more 
money on others than on itself For 
effective evangelism to take place, 
the individual Christian and the 
church body must show the world 
the miracle of conversion, of trans- 
formation, of selfishness giving way 
to service. 

Peter and John provide us a model 

of individuals proclaiming the Good 
News courageously in the face of 
possible penalty. Their church (Acts 
4:23 ff.) supported them with prayer, 
but prayer was supplemented by 

What else do we learn from Peter 
and John in this evangelistic en- 
counter? Look at Acts 4:18 and 19. 
Upon being commanded not to speak 
or teach in the name of Jesus, Peter 
and John set forth two principles. 

Who's in control? 

First, they said to the religious 
rulers, "You decide whether God 
wants us to obey you instead of him" 
(Acts 4:19, TLB). The issue they 
raise here is control or lordship. 
Whoever controls us is our lord. Will 
we allow the crowd, friends, family, 
neighbors to control our witness? Or 
will we "hold unswervingly to the 
hope we profess, for he who prom- 
ised is faithful" (Heb. 10:23, NIV)? 

Rebecca Pipert says: 

Christianity isn't a narcotic that 
dulls you into obedience. It involves 
battle — it's excruciating to give up 
control. But that is why we must 
not feel despair if we are strug- 
gling. To struggle does not mean 
we are incorrigible. It means we 
are alive] 

A disciple says [to God], "I hear 
you. It's the nuttiest thing I ever 
heard of It's risky. I'll look like a 
fool, but I'll do it. Because my life is 
no longer committed to doing my 
thing but your thing." Heaven will 
not be filled with innocent people, 
running around saying, "Oh, was 
there another way? I guess I never 
noticed." Rather they will say, 
"You bet there were other options 
that begged to control me. By God's 
grace and my struggle, Jesus is my 

It is a struggle to keep Christ as 
Lord. But obedience is not an option 
in courageous Christianity. Are you 
allowing Christ to control you? 

In their reply to the religious lead- 
ers, Peter and John set forth a 

*Rebecca M. Pippert, Out of the Saltshaker 
(InterVarsity Press, 1979), p. 64. 

second principle about our witness. 
They said, "For we cannot help 
speaking about what we have seen 
and heard" (Acts 4:20, NIV). "We 
just can't keep our mouths shut," 
they said. Salvation is found in no 
one else (Acts 4:12). There is no one 
else who deserves the attention that 
Christ deserves. 

What is the last big event in your 
life that you just couldn't stop talk- 
ing about? My congregation tells me 
that after the birth of my first child, 
Adam, I worked a baby illustration 
into nearly every sermon for weeks. 
Adam's birth was exciting. It was 
fresh. It was an experience that was 
very real to me. 

I remember last summer walking 
into a bar for the second time in my 
life. I went there as part of a class on 
evangelism. My purpose in going 
was to listen to people. I heard 
needy people talk. I saw in the faces 
and heard in the comments of the 
two with whom I talked their need 
for love, hope, and support. I saw 
their need for Christ. It was an 
event that I couldn't stop talking 
about. It was an event that chal- 
lenged my complacency. 

We've a story to tell 

We've a story to tell to the world. 
It is an old, old story in many re- 
spects, but we must keep it alive by 
sharing it writh new hearers. We 
must share the experience of our 
personal miracle — receiving Christ 
as Lord. We must keep faith fresh by 
demonstrating the miracle of loving 
and serving one another. And we 
must live in obedience to the 
lordship of Christ. 

When we do these things, Christ 
becomes someone about whom we 
just can't, under any circumstances, 
stop talking. If our experience of 
Christ is kept that real in our lives, 
then others will conclude, as they 
did about Peter and John, that this 
is something "we cannot deny." 
This, then, is the challenge to move 
from complacent to courageous 
Christianity. [t] 

March 1986 

A Voice 
The Fiery 

By Brian H 

A sermon preached on 

the Sunday following the 

tragedy of the space 

shuttle Challenger. 

What man can live and not see death, 

or save himself from the power of 

the grave? Psalm 89:48* 

SELDOM do I make it a practice 
to base a morning sermon on a 
current event. I don't believe people 
come to church to hear a rehash of 
last week's news. I believe, rather, 
that people come to hear if there is 
any word from the Lord (Jer. 37:17). 
But the experience of Tuesday 
morning, January 28, was of such 
dramatic magnitude, and so terrible, 
and has had such an impact upon us 
all, that I feel I must make an excep- 
tion to my general policy regarding 
the relationship of current events to 
sermons. Not since the assassination 
of President John F. Kennedy in 
November 1963 have we faced such 
a national tragedy. Oh, there have 
been other tragedies, to be sure, and 

*Bible quotations, unless otherwise noted, 
are from the New International Version. 

Rev. Moore is pastor of the St. James, 
Maryland, Brethren Church. 

many of them have claimed more 
lives than this one. But this tragedy 
has gripped our nation's heart like 
nothing for many years has done. 
We have been shaken as a people, 
and we have proceeded to do a great 
deal of soul-searching. 

A time for soul-searching 

And we ought to do a great deal of 
soul-searching! I am not primarily 
referring to the questions that are 
being asked about the future of 
the space program, such as, "Should 
the space program continue?" or, 
"Should we rely more on robotics 
than on manned flights?" Nor am I 
referring to the questions about 
economic and financial priorities 
that inevitably surface at a time like 
this; i.e., "Why do we spend these 
billions for space exploration when 
we have such crying needs right 
here on earth — unemployment, 
poverty, illiteracy, etc.? Our soul- 
search may well include these ques- 
tions, but they ought to go much 
deeper than this. 

The time for such soul-searching 
seems right, I believe, primarily be- 
cause of the unusual staging this 
twenty-fifth space shuttle flight re- 
ceived. This was the first flight to 
include "an ordinary citizen." This 
intensified the drama and the ad- 
venture and, proportionately, the 

Christa McAuliffe represented us 
— any of us — for most of us are 
"ordinary citizens." Because of 
Christa's involvement in Main- 
street, USA, where most of us live, 
millions of school children were 
watching this shuttle launch on tele- 
vision or even outdoors along the 
Florida coast. In the aftermath, the 
trauma was so great that many chil- 
dren were given psychological coun- 
seling to help them through the ini- 
tial stages of grief and distress. 

Some eleven thousand people 
applied to be in the place Christa 
McAuliffe occupied. I'm sure that 
after the explosion all of them did a 
great deal of soul-searching, think- 
ing, "That might have been me!" 

The Brethren Evangeust 

In the midst of our soul-searching, 
do we hear a voice? Let me im- 
mediately state that I am not sup- 
posing that what I say is the exact 
equivalent of the voice of God! I 
quickly grow impatient with those 
individuals who suddenly assume 
the place of God when a tragedy like 
this occurs, as if they knew exactly 
what God intended by it all. 

I cannot be so presumptuous as to 
claim to know all God might be say- 
ing to us just now. But I can venture 
a guess or two. I come in the spirit of 
Mordecai, when he asked Esther, 
"Who knows but that you have come 
to royal position for such a time as 
this?" (Est. 4:14). 

"Who do you think you are?" 

It seems to me, then, that the 
voice from the fiery skies might be 
asking us, TVAo do you think you 
are?" By that I do not mean to 
criticize the space program as a 
whole, and I certainly don't refer to 
those seven who were aboard that 
ill-destined flight. I'm thinking more 
widely than that. I'm thinking of our 
seemingly unrestrained self-confi- 
dence and self-sufficiency as a na- 

Oh, we know we have some truly 
difficult problems, like the national 
debt or both ends of the spectrum of 
crime and punishment. But we seem 
to approach these and other prob- 
lems with the assumed total compe- 
tency of man. Philosophically, we 
believe we can solve any problem 
given enough time, money, and re- 

"Something needs to bring 
this nation to its knees. 
The Challenger tragedy will 
not likely do this, but it 
has brought us to tears." 

I'm not against optimism in the 
scientific pursuit, nor am I against 
confidence and determination in 
these endeavors. But I do believe 
that the voice fi-om this tragedy's 
fiery skies would criticize our phi- 
losophy of autonomous man, man on 
his own, man without a professed 
need for God. That voice seems to be 
reminding us all that "All men are 
like grass . . ." (Isa. 40:6). 

Something needs to bring this na- 
tion to its knees. The Challenger 
tragedy will not likely do this, but it 

has brought us to tears. They are 
tears of sadness and tears of frustra- 
tion. And I hope there are some 
tears of repentance among them as 
well. For unless we repent, we too 
will all perish (cf Lk. 13:3)! 

"We really are one 
with our fellowman." 

The voice from the fiery skies 
seems to be saying something else, 
something very positive: "We really 
are one with our fellowman." Old 
John Donne had it right so many 
years ago when he spoke those im- 
mortal words: 

No man is an island, entire of it- 
self; . . . any man's death diminishes 
me, because I am involved in man- 
kind; and therefore never send to 
know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls 
for thee. 

Steve McAuliffe recognized this 
when he said to the American 
people, "I wish I could comfort you 
like you have comforted me." NASA 
employees expressed their unity, 
their team-like spirit, even though 
they might not have known the indi- 
viduals involved. And it seems just 
now we all feel a certain kinship 
with them. Thousands of people die 
every day, and we are not affected 
unless we are close to them in some 
way. But something like this re- 
minds us of our basic oneness. 

As a consequence, this tragedy 
has brought out the best in human 
nature: people have bonded together 
in love, concern, grief, and prayer. 
Our national response — the memo- 
rial service for the astronauts, the 
spirit that even now occupies the 
hearts of us all — reminds us that 
all is not lost in this great land of 
ours. Isn't it interesting how all the 
evolutionary teaching that would 
have us believe we are merely ad- 
vanced animals, and all the be- 
havioristic teaching that claims that 
our responses are all chemical and 
conditional (thus destroying per- 
sonal choice and personal dignity) 
are quickly forgotten in the face of 
an experience like this? 

In times like these we know in our 
hearts that life is valuable and that 
we are much more than a result of a 
chemical accident in some prehis- 
toric era. We are reminded again 
that we are made in the image of 
God, and even though that image is 
tarnished and blemished, its reality 

shines through in the face of this ex- 

Finally, the voice from the fiery 
skies invites us to consider again the 
Gospel of Jesus Christ. Two ques- 
tions have been asked throughout 
the centuries of human history. One 
form of these questions can be found 
in Psalm 89, verse 48: 

1 . What man can live and not 
see death? 

Of course, the answer is, no man. 
No man can escape the inevitability 
of death. Experience alone is con- 
vincing enough. We know of only 
two people in human history who 
lived without ever experiencing 
death; both of them are in the Bible. 
But surely Enoch and Elijah cannot 
serve to enourage anyone to believe 
that he or she will not see death. For 
the greatest certainty about life is 
that we shall all die. We don't like to 
think about this, nor should we be 
unduly preoccupied with it. But we 
cannot escape its reality and its cer- 
tainty. A woman of Tekoa once came 
to King David with these words, 
"We must needs die [certainty], and 
are as water spilt on the ground, 
which cannot be gathered up again 
[finality]; neither doth God respect 
any person [universality] ..." (II 
Sam. 14:14, KJV). 

". . . this tragedy has brought 
out the best in human nature: 
people have bonded together 
in love, concern, grief, and 

But there is another side to this 
matter. The psalmist's words beg for 
the New Testament solution. They 
are a cry for the gospel. And did not 
Jesus say, "I am the resurrection 
and the life. He who believes in me 
will live, even though he dies; and 
whoever lives and believes in me 
will never die" (Jn. 11:25-26)? And 
didn't He also say, ". . . whoever 
hears my word and believes him 
who sent me has eternal life and 
will not be condemned; he has 
crossed over fi-om death to life" (Jn. 

The queries of the psalmist and 
the cries of people's hearts every- 
where have been answered in Jesus 
Christ! They have been answered, of 
course, on a different plane. Physical 
(continued on next page) 

March 1986 

New Discoveries in Love 

By Tom Brohm 

OUR SOCIETY misunderstands 
the meaning of love. Not only 
our society, but each one of us seems 
to have an innate misunderstanding 
of love. 

For example, when we say, "I love 
your new outfit," or "I love base- 
ball," we are demonstrating our mis- 
understanding of genuine love. We 
are guilty of confusing love with 
feelings of enjoyment or pleasure. 

Now perhaps this confusion is 
only a problem of semantics. But it 
is possible to cheapen the meaning 
of love when we use the word in this 
manner. After all, how can we use 
the same word to express our feel- 
ings about a car and for God? Cer- 
tainly one's love for God is not the 
same as one's love for one's car — at 
least we hope not! 

Another misunderstanding of love 
is the concept of loving in degrees, 
as if we could love another and at 

Mr. Brohm is a student at Ashland 
Theological Seminary. 

the same time hold back part of our 
love. We cannot hold back part of 
our love for another, for if we do we 
are not loving at all. 

Perhaps this is best illustrated by 
the common approach to loving 
others: "I love him/her only a little 
bit." How can we love only a little 
bit? If we intentionally withhold any 
love, then we have become guilty of 
not loving at all. 

Love must be given in complete- 
ness. Love cannot be sliced, diced, or 
shredded. The instant that love is 
processed in this manner, it ceases 
to be love and becomes self entered 
manipulation. Love cannot be given 
away in an attempt to custom fit its 
qualities to our egos. In order for 
love to be given, love must be given 
as a whole. Love cannot stay true to 
form and be given in part. 

Neither is love given once for all. 
It is not like rustproofing your car 
once, which will last for the lifetime 
of your vehicle. Love is more like 
fuel. It needs to be replenished as we 

travel through life. No one can make 
it through life on only one tankful of 

One can only love to the depth to 
which one has experienced love. The 
key is to love to the full extent of 
your capacity right now. Whatever 
the quantity, a little or a lot, is not 
important. Love is not measured in 
degrees; love is given in complete- 
ness or love is not given. When our 
capacity for love increases, so too 
should our giving of love increase. 

Look at God's love for us as dem- 
onstrated by Christ's death. Upon 
acceptance of His sacrifice, we ex- 
perience Grod's love. And yet, as we 
mature in knowing God, we discover 
new depths of that love. 

Although God gave all His love 
through Christ, we are constantly 
becoming aware of new aspects of 
His love. His love is also constantly 
being given to us. His was not a 
once-for-all gift, but rather an on- 
going love gift. It is because of this 
that S0ren Kierkegaard could say: 

The one who truly loves does not 
love once for all. Nor does one use a 
part of one's love, and then again 
another peirt. For to change it into 
small coins is not to use it rightly. 
No, one loves with all of one's love. It 
is wholly present in each expression. 
One continues to give it away as a 
whole and yet . . . keeps it intact as a 
whole in one's heart. [t] 

Voice From the Fiery Skies 

(continued from previous page) 
death is still our universal lot. But a 
window on death has been opened; 
light is shining through! There is 
life that is more real and substantial 
than death. While, on the one hand, 
no man can live and not see death, 
on the other hand, anyone can live 
and never die! Anyone can pass from 
death to life in and through and be- 
cause of Jesus Christ! 

2. What man can save himself 
from the power of the grave? 

From one point of view, no one can 
save himself from the power of the 
grave. We may take every precau- 
tionary health measure: eat prop- 
erly, exercise properly, rest properly, 
deal with stress properly, have the 
best doctors and the finest medical 
assistance, technology and formulae. 
But ultimately, these alone or to- 
gether cannot keep us forever "fit for 

life. These cannot break the power of 
the grave. 

And yet, while no man can save 
himself from the power of the grave, 
the Good News is that anyone can be 
saved from the long-range power of 
death! That is exactly what the 
Apostle Paul is rejoicing about in I 
Corinthians 15: 
"Death has been swallowed up in vic- 

"Where, death, is your victory? 
Where, O grave is your sting?" 

(w. 54-55) 

"Thanks be to God! He gives us 
the victory through our Lord Jesus 
Christ," who died and rose again (v. 
57)! No one can save himself from 
the power of the grave, but Jesus 
Christ "is able to save completely 
those who come to God through him" 
(Heb. 7:25). 

One effect of this space-venture 
tragedy is that people are talking 
about death all across our land: in 

the cities and streets, astronauts in 
interviews, neighbors over a cup of 
coffee, friends at the restaurant. In 
considering our mortality, let us also 
consider our immortality. 

In 1862 an explosion in a coal 
mine in England killed over 200 
miners. On that occasion, Charles 
Spurgeon offered this prayer, which 
seems appropriate for such a time as 

Oh, Father of thy people, send forth 
thy Holy Spirit in richer abundance, 
that by this solemn chastisement 
higher ends may be answered than 
merely attracting our thoughts to our 
latter end. Oh! may hearts be broken, 
may eyes be made to weep for sin, 
may follies be renounced, may Christ 
be accepted, and may spiritual life be 
given as the result of temporal death 
of [those] who now sleep in their un- 
timely graves. . . . 

Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. 
Amen. [t] 


The Brethren Evangeust 

Readers* Forum 

A column in which readers can share their thoughts and views with the Brethren. 

Hold On, Brethren! 

Just a few years ago a young lady 
exuberantly burst across the finish 
line at the prestigious Boston 
Marathon in what seemed to be a 
dramatic upset victory. But the vic- 
tory was short-lived and turned into 
humiliation and banishment for the 
woman when it was discovered that 
she had taken the subway, cutting off 
half the course, to achieve her goal. 

To all those who have run a race of 
any distance, you know that it is those 
who stay on the course in a marathon 
and finish the race who are the vic- 
tors. The one the newspapers call the 
"winner" is only the one who com- 
pleted the course first. 

The Scriptures say that there is "a 
crown of glory" (a winner's wreath) 
awaiting all of us who run the course 
that God has laid before us in this life. 
Therefore, the Scriptures exhort us in 
many places to "hold on" or "hold fast." 

CkiUliawb^ U 

This Greek word means "with endur- 
ance be the victor." 

Brethren, in our desire to grow in 
the knowledge of our Lord, Jesus 
Christ, let us run the course. Let us be 
determined to take no shortcuts to ob- 
tain the prize that has been set before 
us. Let us "hold on." 

Primarily, let us "hold on" to confi- 
dence. This is something the Jews saw 
in Peter and John: "Now as they ob- 
served the confidence of Peter and 
John, and understood that they were 
uneducated and untrained men, they 
were marveling, and began to recog- 
nize them as having been with Jesus" 
(Acts 4:13, NASB, emphasis added). 

Notice how they gained this confi- 
dence — it came from "having been 
with Jesus." Today, the world offers us 
a shortcut. It is called "self-confi- 
dence." It sounds deceptively the 
same; but it will remove your eyes 
from Jesus and 
off the course. 

Confidence is 
a must if we 
are to boldly 
proclaim the 
gospel. But it 
is not a confi- 
dence in the 
fiesh (Phil. 3:3). 
It is confidence 
in the Lord. 
The temptation 
to be the direc- 


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tors of our own salvation and/or revival 
is evident by the multitude of self-help 
books and programs available in our 
communities. Our strength is not in 
self-improvement, but in walking hum- 
bly before our Lord. 

The writer of Hebrews said, "... but 
Christ was faithful as a Son over His 
house whose house we are, if we hold 
fast our confidence and the boast of 
our hope firm until the end" (Heb. 3:6, 
NASB, emphasis added). 

We have been called to a race. Our 
confidence is that the Director of this 
race has laid out the course; He has 
run the course first and best; and He 
now promises never to leave us if we 
stay on the course. There is a victory 
celebration at His Father's house 
awaiting the finishers! Let us hold fast 
to the One who is our salvation. 

"I am coming quickly; hold fast 
what you have, in order that no one 
take your crown. He who overcomes, I 
will make him a pillar in the temple of 
My God, and he will not go out from it 
any more; and I will write upon him 
the name of My God, and the name 
of the city of My God, the new 
Jerusalem, which comes down out of 
heaven from My God, and My new 
name. He who has an ear, let him 
hear what the Spirit says to the 
churches" (Rev. 3:11-13, NASB, em- 
phasis added). 

Rev. Donald Snell 
North Liberty, Ind. 

Reading It Through In '86 

The February Evangel- 
ist mentions that General 
Conference recommends 
reading the Bible through 
in 1986. Since my stroke 
and no left fields in either 
eye, I have not tackled 
[reading the Bible through] 
but once. 

However, I have Grood 
News Publishers' "Today 

With God," which is really 
super for checking the 
chapters and books you 
have read. When the Bicen- 
tennial was celebrated [in 
1976], I purchased a Giant 
Print Bible from Regal Pub- 
lishers, and happily I'm on 
my way. 

Wadena Wertz 
Conemaugh, Pa. 

If you planned to read the Bible through in 1986 and 
haven't gotten started yet, it's not too late to begin. Or if you 
began and got sidetracked, you can pick up and continue 
where you left off. By reading an extra chapter some days, you 
can still read it through in 1986. Or, if necessary, you can 
finish in 1987. The Editor 

March 1986 


Brethren World Missions . . . 



by James R. Black 

IN A MEETING I recently at- 
tended, I made the statement, 
"I'll not subject you to another de- 
tailed missionary report." The state- 
ment was received with a round of 
applause from the gathered Breth- 
ren. Now the applause was in jest 
(essentially), but it did serve as a re- 
minder that the same old statistics 
stated in the same old way are not 
particularly exciting. Agreeing with 
this premise, I submit another over- 
view, one that is positive and which 
should therefore be of encourage- 
ment to you. 

God is at work among the India 
Brethren. We rejoice in the healing 
of the Prasanth Kumar family fol- 
lowing the terrible van accident. We 
give thanks for the sale of the pro- 
posed clinic site in Visak. The money 
realized from this sale is making 
possible a number of benefits for the 
church in India, including several 
new prayer chapels. We rejoice over 
the news of new converts and the 
growth of the church. And we pray 
for safety and direction for Prasanth 
and Nirmala as they proceed with 
plans to be in the U.S. this year. 

In Malaysia, the work is difficult 
and progress is slow. But Malaysian 
Director David Loi reports that they 
are beginning work in a new area of 
Johor Bahru. We rejoice in the birth 
of the Lois' daughter and that Jenny 
is in better health. We receive with 
thanksgiving the reports of baptisms 
in Penang, where David Chew is 
pastoring. We continue to pray for 

Rev. Black is Executive Director of the 
Missionary Board of The Brethren Church. 


national recognition of The Brethren 
Church in Malaysia, and this may 
become a reality when the Johor 
Bahru congregation moves into the 
home presently being constructed 
for the Loi family. 

Colombia continues to cause real 
trial in ministry. The Logans are 
hard at work and are praising God 
for His provision of another resi- 
dence. We rejoice in better health for 
Mark, Chantal, and the children. 
We offer praise for the growing out- 
reach of SERVICOM in Bogota and 
Medellin, and for the influence of 
Brethren workers in this beautiful 
but dangerous country. We are 
grateful that our people were not in- 
jured in the 1985 volcano erruption 
just a few miles from them. We are 
thankful, as well, for the ministry of 
Jeanne Bobenage in Bogota. She 
had to struggle with language and 
culture, but was faithful to the ex- 
pectations of the Missionary Board 
for short-term service. Visa prob- 
lems made necessary an earlier re- 
turn to the U.S. than we would have 
liked, but we praise God for her 

Argentina always seems to be a 
source of encouragement to the 
North American Brethren. It was 
good to have the Aspinalls and Allen 
Baer in the U.S. for a time. Ray and 
Marilyn were here for a few extra 
weeks in order to attend classes to 
enhance their ministry. We are 

thankful for their return to Argen- 
tina for another term. This year we 
anticipate the arrival in the U.S. of 
the Bill Winter family. It will be 
good to see them. Bill should have 
some exciting reports to share con- 
cerning the evangelistic thrust in 
Argentina. We do praise God for 
touching their lives and for their 
positive reponse to His "Go ye." And 
we are very thankful for the Argen- 
tine Church, for its leadership, and 
its missionary vision. 

The Mexico report is last for no 
special reason beyond the fact that 
Mexico is the most familiar and the 
closest to us. But what a mission 
field! It is reported that at least 18 
million people live in Mexico City, 
and we do have Brethren work 
there. We are thankful for Juan and 
Maria Miranda and their work in 
this vast country. We are grateful 
for the Arregins and for Pastor Ruiz 
and his family. We give thanks to 
God for permitting The Brethren 
Church to witness in Mexico. And 
we are thankful that the devastat- 
ing earthquake did not destroy the 
Brethren work. 

More could be said. But I end the 
report with a word of thanks to each 
one of you who has prayerfully and 
sacrificially supported the work of 
Brethren Missions. A balanced 
budget is projected for 1986 . . . and 
your continued support is urgent. 

End of report . . . Thank you. [t] 

The Brethren Evangeust 

Brethren World Missions 

Reasons to Praise 
God in IVIalaysia 

by David Loi 

AS WE STEP into 1986, we have 
much for which to praise and 
thank God. We praise Him espe- 
cially for protecting our family and 
for His constant provision. 

In our Christmas letter, we men- 
tioned the family musical night we 
held in early December. Later that 
month the children of our two new 
families, the Lings and Tans, took 
part in our annual caroling party by 
playing violin. Counting Stephen, 
we had five children playing the vio- 
lin that night. 

We visited four families and a res- 
taurant owned by one of these 
families on Christmas Eve. We 
wished all of the customers a Merry 
Christmas, and I read part of the 
Christmas story from the Bible to 
them. The joy of that night was car- 
ried over to our Christmas morning 
service, as we once again enjoyed 
the music of these young violinists. 
Praise the Lord, these children are 
now regularly attending our Sunday 

December proved to be a very 
busy month for us. On December 16, 
I took Stephen and four other junior 
youths to Penang for my administra- 
tive visit. The weather was quite 
hot, and we were used to very rainy 
conditions. Three of us became ill 
and needed to see a doctor before re- 
turning to Johor Baru. In spite of 

David and 

Jenny Loi with 

son Stephen and 

daughter Rebecca, 

born August 8, 


this and the many problems con- 
fronting the Penang Brethren 
Church, I saw some wonderful 
things that God has been doing 

Ong Joo San, where our church in 
Penang is located, is notorious for its 
gangs and drug addicts. Last Oc- 
tober, a gang of about 15 youths who 
called themselves "Snakes" spent a 
lot of time in front of our church 
building. They were selling drugs, 
and some of the young people who 
came to our Friday evening youth 
meeting were afraid. This was espe- 
cially true of the girls who came on 
their motorcycles. If the "Snakes" 
had continued to hang out in this 
area, it would probably have been 
necessary to discontinue our youth 
meetings, and our other meetings 
would have been affected as well. 
But the Brethren prayed about this 
situation and put it into God's 
hands. Soon the "Snakes" were 
fighting among themselves, and 
they eventually left the area. Thank 
God for answered prayer. 

In Malaysia, inflation is high and 
many people are out of work. Two of 

Youth meetings like the one above in Ong Joo San were jeopardized by a gang that 
called itself "Snakes." But the Brethren prayed, and soon the "Snakes" left the area. 

our young people in Penang had 
been looking for work for a long 
time. Then, with Rev. David Chew's 
help, they were able to get jobs at a 
Baptist bookstore. This is an ideal 
place for them to serve the Lord. 
They are very grateful and praise 
God for this opportunity. 

Overall, we are very pleased with 
the work in Penang. Recently a Bap- 
tist minister told us that their 
church had spent more than ten 
years trying to establish a work in 
the Ong Joo San cirea without suc- 
cess. The Brethren Mission has been 
there for six years, and the work 
continues to grow. We thank God for 
this blessing. 

When I returned to Johor Baru on 
December 21, I was sorry to hear 
that brother Seow Kiah-Guan had 
been involved in a motorcycle acci- 
dent just a few days earlier. It was a 
very serious accident, and his left 
leg had to be amputated. We visited 
him several times and constantly 
prayed for him. He passed away on 
December 28. 

Brother Seow had attended both 
our Wednesday Bible study and our 
Sunday service. During this time we 
were able to minister to his 
girlfriend. Miss Ying Seow-Ling. 
She is now attending our Wednes- 
day Bible study regularly and has 
been to a few Sunday services. We 
thank God for the opportunity to 
serve Him during these times of sor- 

Finally, Jenny and I would like to 
thank you on behalf of all the Breth- 
ren here in Malaysia for your keen 
interest in the mission work here. 
Please continue to support us in 
your daily prayers for our Christian 
ministry. [t] 

March 1986 


Brethren World Missions 

India: Ministry Overview 

THE MINISTRY in Rajahmundry 
and in the Visakhapatnam area 
are harmoniously blended into the 
mainstream of the Brethren Minis- 
try in India. Baptized membership 
reached a total of 2,076 by the end of 

The annual Brethren convention 
was held January 18-19, 1985, in 
Visakhapatnam. We had some gifted 
speakers from the Bible College of 
Madras and the Christian College of 
Guntur. The youth program and 
women's meeting were the high- 
lights of the convention. Around- 
the-clock prayers for the three days 
of the convention were the key to 
the spiritual awakening needed 

We could see a great spiritual stir- 
ring during the Brethren Youth fes- 
tival celebrated April 28 in Ra- 
jahmundry and June 2 in Visak- 
hapatnam. Approximately 1,100 
people attended the meeting at 
Rajahmundry, which was held at the 
public auditorium. A revival mes- 
sage was followed by a film. The 
Burning Hell. During the meeting at 
Visakhapatnam, it was a real joy to 
see and hear the youth joining to- 
gether in the Lord's presence to sing 
praises to Him. I gave the inaugural 

message, and the evening concluded 
with a film on the life of Christ. 

The entire church here is involved 
in evangelism through Sunday 
school, worship, midweek Bible 
study, Friday fasting and prayer, 
Saturday women's meetings, and 
youth and sisterhood meetings. 

We tried to make the most of our 
two Christian holidays, Easter and 
Christmas. The forty-day Lenten cot- 
tage prayer meetings opened new 
doors to take the gospel to many 

The sisterhood, youth, and 
women's groups made Christmas 
more meaningful this past year in 
Rajahmundry. The birth of Christ 
was beautifully presented through a 
Christmas pageant by the sister- 
hood, and all of the youth did a won- 
derful job singing carols. The church 
was packed with both Christians 
and non-Christians. 

On December 24 I took my son 
Sudhir to Visakhapatnam to cele- 
brate Christmas with the Brethren 
there. Then we returned to Rajah- 
mundry early on Christmas day so 
that we could participate in the spe- 
cial Christmas program at the pub- 
lic auditorium that night. It was 
highlighted with special music and 



Providing medicine for the sick and food and clothing for the needy is an impor- 
tant part of the total ministry of Brethren missions in India. 


by Rev. K. Prasanth Kumar 

a film on the birth of Christ and 
God's love. Again, many non-Chris- 
tians attended the program. 

Our ongoing ministries are many 
and varied. We have had many 
training sessions like the one held 
December 8 and 9 for the laymen in 
the Rajahmundry area. They were 
spiritually blessed by this training 
program. Last January, after quite a 
period of inactivity, we started giv- 
ing Bible training to ten village 
preachers in the Brethren Bible In- 

To help eliminate the high illiter- 
acy rate in this country, we are con- 
ducting 31 adult literacy classes. We 
are also able to publish our own 
magazine, called Suvarthikudu in 

Hunger and malnutrition are con- 
ditions of everyday life here. So 30 
poor and needy boys are provided 
food, education, and better living 
conditions in the Brethren Orphan- 
age. We also have been rendering 
medical aid to the poor and sick in 
the riu-al and urban areas through 
our mobile clinic and the Brethren 
Mission Hospital in Rajahmundry. 

The free sewing schools at 
Rajahmundry and Visakhapatnam 
provide job training for the poor and 
destitute. Similarly, a number of 
young people are receiving training 
at the typewriting school, to provide 
them the technical skill to support 

Under the self-emplojonent pro- 
gram we have provided four bicycles 
to four unemployed rural people, 
and they have found work. Through 
this program we have also given 
sewing machines to several poor 
housewives after providing them 
sewing training, so that they can 
support their starving families. We 
also distribute clothing, utensils, 
blankets, multi-vitamins, milk, food, 
and other similar items during our 
medical visits to the villages. 

During this year we also built 
(continued on page 16) 

The Brethren Evangeust 

Brethren World Missions 

Colombia: Memories of 1985 

marked the end of 1985 in Co- 
lombia, all of which made headlines 
in newspapers around the globe. The 
takeover of the Palace of Justice in 
Bogota revealed to the world the in- 
creasing political violence in this 
country. Then the eruption of the 
volcano el Ruiz killed tens of 
thousands of people and left many 
more homeless and bewildered. 

Now, with the dawn of 1986, the 
people are looking for any ray of 
hope as the volcano continues to 
rumble and the morning newspapers 
bring daily reports of victims of vio- 
lence from the preceding night. 

In the midst of uncertainty and 
confusion, of sorrow and despair, we 
cannot but remember the words of 
hope that Christ brought to the 
world when He began His ministry: 

The Spirit of the Lord is on me, 
because he has anointed me to 
preach good news to the poor. He 
has sent me to proclaim freedom 
for the prisoners and recovery of 
sight for the blind, to release the 
oppressed, to proclaim the year of 
the Lord's favor. 

Luke 4:18-19, NIV 

More than ever this message of 
good news needs to be preached 
here. It is with full awareness of our 

limitations and shortcomings that 
we have been trying to be part of 
this great proclamation. 

We know from your letters and 
phone calls that you have been con- 
cerned about our safety. To those of 
you who have faithfully prayed for 
our protection, we can assure you 
that your prayers have been 

During the initial phase of the 
takeover of the Palace of Justice, 
Mark was only about six blocks 
away, taking care of some banking 
business. When he finished there, he 
had an errand that would have 
taken him within two blocks of the 
shooting. Instead, he went the other 
direction back to his office, where he 
heard the news of what he had just 

In the case of the volcano's erup- 
tion, Mark's original travel plans 
would have put him in the area af- 
fected by the mud avalanche on the 
day of the tragedy. But at the last 
minute he made a change of plans. 

Shortly before Christmas, two of 
the schools where our children study 
received threats. There were two 
bomb scares at Lawrence's school, 
but nothing came of them. The chil- 
dren were sent home for an early va- 
cation, which, of course, made them 

by Chantal Logan 

I should add to this list that since 
returning to Colombia, we have not 
been robbed, mugged, or involved in 
a traffic accident. Quite a record for 
the Logan family! Keep up your 
praying; it's working! 

We know that our safety is not 
your only concern. The advance of 
the work here is very much on your 
mind. We asked many of you to pray 
for the program "Explo '85," or- 
ganized by Campus Crusade. SERV- 
ICOM, with Mark as its director, 
was in charge of the sound system, 
the video recording, and other tech- 
nical needs. 

Mark spent a lot of time preparing 
for this event, which lasted from De- 
cember 16-31. He and the entire 
SERVICOM team put in long days 
in order to provide the best service 
possible for the more than one 
thousand people who came from all 
over Colombia to be trained for 
evangelism. Their efforts were re- 
warded, for SERVICOM won recog- 
nition for its professional work not 
only from the Christian community, 
but also from secular organizations 
such as the national TV network, 
whose technicians backed up their 
work throughout the week. 

My main responsibilities during 

this time was to house an extra five 

(continued on next page) 

A river outside Bogota was the site of four baptisms in October. 
Above left. Pastor Dario Tobdn baptizes one of the four. Above 

right, the four — John Mark Logan, Lawrence Logan, and a Co- 
lombian couple — with Pastor Tobon (I.) and Mark Logan (r.). 

March 1986 


people, drive everyone around, keep 
the church functioning, and trans- 
late for a French-speaking African 
pastor, who spoke to the group via 
satellite. When it was all over, we 
went camping for several days in a 
beautiful national park, where 
horses, donkeys, and lamas kept us 
company. It was refreshing! 

Our greatest challenge here has 
not been SERVICOM, but the plant- 
ing of a church in Bogota. Mark still 
feels uncomfortable with this aspect 
of the work, but here again your 
prayers are bearing fruit. During 
one glorious weekend last October, 
four people were baptized in a river 
outside Bogota, two children were 
dedicated, one young lady accepted 
the Lord as her Savior, and fifteen of 
us took part in a Communion serv- 
ice. Since then, we have started a 
new work in an apartment complex 
where two of the church members 

At Christmas time, one of the 
ladies initiated a special program 
with the children and did a great 
job. It was wonderful to watch with- 
out being involved. 

But to me, the most exciting thing 
about the church are the prayer 
meetings. We keep a record of our 
prayer requests, and I am still 
amazed at the Lord's faithfulness in 
answering them week after week. 
The church of Bogota is built on 
faith, and God has been honoring 
our trust in Him. We continue to be 

aware of the great potential for 
growth here in Bogota, but feel the 
lack of trained people to plant and 
nurture a church. 

Mark still makes regular trips to 
Medellin to participate in board 
meetings and to encourage the na- 
tional leaders. 

Henry Hernandez (r.) presents keys to 
Pastor Luis Mendoza during the dedica- 
tion of the Campo Valdez Church in 

Perhaps the biggest accomplish- 
ment of the national church this 
past year was the completion of the 
building program for the church of 
Campo Valdes. It is the only prop- 
erty the national church owns, and 
it really needed repairs and remod- 
eling. A Christian architect offered 
his services to draw the plans free of 
charge. Now the sanctuary can seat 
over two hundred people. 

The inauguration of this building 
was held in November, at the time 
of our General Conference. Nelson 
Mendoza organized a special music 

program that featured the first cello 
of the Medellin symphony orchestra, 
a tenor from the polyphonic choir, 
and the United Evangelical choir of 
Medellin. For those of us who 
traveled from Bogota, it was an 
event to remember. 

So our memories of 1985 are var- 
ied, but the two tragedies stand out 
in our minds. It is hard to assess the 
far-reaching consequences of both. 
Many foresee turmoil on the politi- 
cal scene, which could bring another 
round of persecution for the church. 
We all know that for the many vic- 
tims of the volcano, the road back to 
a normal and meaningful life is 
going to be long and hazardous. 

So when we look at the panorama 
of Colombia today, our hearts are 
heavy. But we are also aware that 
this difficult time has made the 
people more receptive to the mes- 
sage of the gospel. So for us the 
words written many years ago in 
Matthew take on new meaning: 

When he saw the crowds, he had 
compassion on them, because they 
were harassed and helpless, like 
sheep without a shepherd. Then he 
said to his disciples, "The harvest 
is plentiful but the workers are 
few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, 
therefore, to send out workers into 
his harvest field." 

Matthew 9:36-38, NIV 

This is our feeling, and this is also 
our prayer. [t] 

India: Ministry Overview 

(continued from page 14) 
three church buildings and four 
prayer houses in villages with 
potential Brethren congregations. 
They were all dedicated to the Lord's 
service and are being used regu- 

We praise and thank our good 
Lord for His unfailing, guiding hand 
in our ministry and in our lives. Our 
grateful thanks to all the Brethren 
for their letters of love and their 
prayers when we met with the auto 
accident last August while return- 
ing home after ministering in the 
Visakhapatnam area. In that acci- 
dent our senior evangelist, Rev. K. 
Agamanarao, died, and everyone in 
our family was injured. It was really 
amazing to experience the presence 
of the never-failing hand of our Lord 
in such a dreadful accident. [t] 


One of the three church buildings constructed in 1985 nears completion. This 
building was dedicated on December 27, 1985. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

HolyLand Feature 

Five-Thousand-Year-Old Homes 
Uncovered in Jerusalem 

Jerusalem — During the final days of 
one of Israel's most dramatic digs, ar- 
chaeologists at the ancient City of 
David announced the discovery of 
what Eire considered to be the oldest 
houses in Jerusalem. Dating back 
5,000 years, the three houses were 
built a full 2,000 years before King 
David conquered the city that would 
become his capital. 

"The whole story of this complicated 
city starts with these buildings," says 
Dr. Yigal Shilo of the Hebrew Univer- 
sity of Jerusalem, who heads the City 
of David excavations. "From these 
buildings to you and me today is one 
continuous line of settlement span- 
ning 5,000 years." 

The sparse, rectangular buildings, 
each with a single bench propped up 
against a wall, are typical of the style 
of houses from that time. They belong 
to what archaeologists call the proto- 
urban phase, in which settlements all 
over Canaan (ancient Israel) were 
undergoing a transition from semi- 
nomadic villages to fortified cities. 
Until now, archaeologists have uncov- 
ered very little evidence from this 

• by Leora Frucht 

important period, which marks the 
beginning of the first cities in ancient 
Israel. The discovery of the houses 
brings the City of David excavations 
to a climactic ending. 

"After eight years of excavations, 
we went down from the Islamic to 
the Christian, Greek, Israelite, and 
Canaanite levels, and here," says 
Shilo, standing over one of the 5,000- 
year-old houses, "we came to what 
James Michener called 'the source' in 
his book — the starting point of every- 

Cult figures, flutes, toilets 

Since the dig began in 1978, a team 
of 13 archaeologists led by Shilo, along 
with over 100 volunteers from all over 
the world, have been setting out daily 
to comb a steep one-acre area on the 
eastern slope of the Kidron Valley 
slightly south of the Temple Mount. 
While its steepness made digging ex- 
tremely difficult, it is precisely because 
of its awkward angle that this part of 
the City of David was spared for ar- 
chaeologists — no modern builder had 
bothered to construct over the site. 

4'^ \ 

Above, the oldest houses in Jerusalem were discovered when archaeolo- 
gists dug to the bottom of the city wall (where the archaeologist is standing) 
and found the ruins of the 5,000-year-old homes sitting on bedrock below. 
(Photo courtesy of City of David Archaeological Project.) At right, visitors 
to the City of David excavations can now pass through part of the in- 
tricate underground water system built in King David's time. (Photo: R. 

The location enabled the team to 
uncover 25 layers of settlements rang- 
ing fi-om the fourth millennium B.C. 
to the Middle Ages. With the thou- 
sands of artifacts they unearthed, 
archaeologists, assisted by geologists, 
physicists, zoologists, and even music- 
ologists, have been able to piece to- 
gether a vivid picture of each era. 

The abundance of fertility figures 
and cult objects found so close to the 
Temple makes the biblical accounts of 
the wrath of the prophets understand- 
able. As for the more mundane habits 
of the Israelites, a number of stone 
structures found above what seem to 
be cesspits probably represent the first 
version of the modern-day toilet. 

Other finds include the charred ar- 
rowheads of the attacking Babylo- 
nians, flutes carved from the bones of 
cows' hind legs, and a large collection 
of clay bullae — official government 
seals — which list many of the names 
mentioned in the Bible, including the 
name of one well-known royal scribe 
who lived around the 6th century B.C. 

Another source 

"In Jerusalem, finding the source 
means finding both the starting point 
of everything smd the water," says 
Shilo, explaining how David chose the 
site along the Kidron Valley because 
of its proximity to the waters of the 
Gihon Spring. And probably David's 
most impressive legacy is the under- 
(continued on page 19) 

March 1986 




Exterior (above) and sanctuary (r.) of Lathrop's new building. 

Lathrop Brethren Church 
Dedicates New Building 

Lathrop, Calif. — Super Bowl Sun- 
day (January 26) was also a super 
Sunday for the Lathrop Brethren 
Church, for on that day the congrega- 
tion dedicated its new worship/educa- 
tional facility, bringing a 22-year 
dream to reality. 

The day included a fellowship hour 
at 9:30 a.m., a service of worship at 
10:30, a carry-in dinner, and the dedi- 
cation service at 2:00 p.m. 

Former pastor Rev. Buck Garrett, 
now pastor of the Dutchtown (Indiana) 
Brethren Church, delivered the mes- 
sage during the morning worship serv- 
ice. Special music for the service was 
presented by Dr. Tony Albertoni. At- 
tendance was 275. 

Another former pastor, Rev. Ken- 

neth Sullivan, now pastor of the Can- 
ton (Ohio) Trinity Brethren Church, 
was the speaker for the afternoon 
dedication service. Rev. James Sluss, 
current pastor of the Lathrop congre- 
gation, led the litany of dedication and 
offered the dedicatory prayer. 

Others participating in the service 
included Lathrop member Chuck 
Poindexter; Rev. William Anderson, 
pastor of the Northgate (Manteca, 
Calif) Brethren Church; Rev. Richard 
Boyd, pastor of the Stockton (Calif) 
Brethren Church; and Rev. Buck Gar- 
rett. Dr. Albertoni again presented 
special music, and Mrs. Vivian Mul- 
lins was the organist and Mrs. Gail 
Smith the pianist for the service. 

The initial planning for this build- 

Leader in Black-Church Studies to Speak 
at ATS Ministry Conference April 9-11 

Ashland, Ohio — Dr. Henry H. 
Mitchell, dean of Virginia Union Uni- 
versity School of Theology, will be the 
speaker for the Ministry Conference 
to be held April 9-11 at Ashland 
Theological Seminary. 

The theme of the conference, which 
is planned for pastors and ATS 
alumni, will be "Preaching: Faith and 

Dr. Mitchell became dean of Vir- 
ginia Union University School of 
Theology in August 1982. During his 
3V2 years there, enrollment has in- 
creased by more than 50 percent. 

Before going to Virginia, Dr. Mitch- 
ell served for eight years as founding 
director of the Ecumenical Center for 
Black Church Studies in Los Angeles. 
Prior to that he was the first Martin 

Luther King, 
Jr., Memorial 
Professor of 
Black Church 
Studies at Col- 
gate Rochester 
Seminary of 
New York. 

He is the Dr. Henry H. Mitchell 
author of numerous articles and four 
books, including Black Preaching, and 
his most recent, Soul Theology: The 
Heart of American Black Culture. 

Dr. Mitchell will bring messages at 
the seminary in Ashland on Wednes- 

ing was begun in 1964, when the 
Lathrop congregation discussed the 
possibility of purchasing a building 
site. It was 12 years before a suitable 
location was found and purchased (in 
January 1976), and another seven 
years before ground was broken (April 
1981) for the new building. The actual 
construction took nearly another five 
years, with the members of the con- 
gregation doing much of the work 

The new 12,000-square-foot wood- 
frame structure includes a sanctuary, 
fellowship hall, office and classroom 
space, and kitchen and storage 

A crowd of 335 was present for the 
dedication of the new building. In ad- 
dition to those pastors taking part in 
the services, former pastors Rev. Dan 
Milligan and Rev. Robert Madoski 
also attended the dedication. 

day, April 9, at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 
p.m., and on Thursday and Friday at 
10:30 a.m. He will also speak at the 
Cleveland Center on Thursday at 3:30 

The cost to attend the three-day con- 
ference is $25.00, or $12.00 for one 
day. Graduate credit is available to 
any student or pastor so desiring. 

The annual Alumni/Pastors Ban- 
quet will be held in conjunction with 
the conference on Wednesday evening 
at 6:30 in the Ashland College 
Claremont Room. The cost is $7.00. 

For more information or to register 
for the Ministry Conference, contact 
Ashland Theological Seminary, 910 
Center Street, Ashland, OH 44805 
(phone 419-289-4142). Payment must 
accompany reservations. 


The Brethren Evangeust 


Maurertown Marks Centennial Year 
With Various Special Activities 

Maurertown, Va. — The Maurer- 
town Brethren Church celebrated its 
one-hundredth birthday on March 24, 
1985, with a centennial worship serv- 
ice, a dinner, and an afternoon pro- 

Dr. Fred Finks, a son of the congre- 
gation who is now vice-president of 
Ashland Theological Seminary, was 
the speaker for the centennial worship 
service. Former pastors Robert Hoff- 
man, Doc Shank, and Kent Bennett, 
as well as Pat Velanzon, a son of the 
congregation who now pastors the 
Bethelem, Va., Brethren Church, 
shared reflections during the after- 
noon program. 

In addition, the afternoon service 
featured special music and a display of 
photos and other items depicting the 
history of the church. A quilt designed 
and quilted by the WMS commemorat- 
ing the history of the church was also 
on exhibit. 

Several other special activities also 
took place during the centennial year. 
In June, a dinner was given to honor 
the 39 people who have been members 
of the Maurertown Brethren Church 
for 50 or more years. The 1985 high 

school graduates were also given rec- 
ognition during this dinner. 

On October 20, an Old Fashioned 
Day was observed. The worship serv- 
ice that morning was conducted much 
like a service of 100 years ago, with 
laymen taking part. Clothes like those 
worn a century ago were also the 
"fashion" of the day. Some of the older, 
traditional hymns of the church were 
used during this service, as well as at 
other times throughout the year. 

The October Communion was 
likewise held in the old fashioned way, 
with kerosene lamps lighting the 
tables and people dressed in old 
fashioned clothes. The service also in- 
cluded a meal like those eaten by the 
Brethren of old. 

Nineteen new members were added 
to the Maurertown Church during its 
centennial year — 10 by baptism and 
9 by transfer. Rev. Richard Craver is 
pastor of the congregation. 

— reported by Virginia Stultz 

Maurertown's Sunday school superintendent Alvin Vance (left photo) and church 
moderator Jack Gaines, with wife Nancy, are all dressed up for Old Fashioned Day. 

5000-Year-Old Homes 

(continued from page 1 7) 
ground system he built to channel and 
store the precious spring water — 
which served as Jerusalem's only 
source of water right up until the 20th 

The system was devised to ensure 
that in times of siege, Jerusalemites 
would not be cut off from their source 
of water, which lay outside the city 
walls. To this end, David had a 100- 
foot horizontal tunnel dug underneath 
the city, leading to a natural vertical 
shaft 42 feet long. The spring water 
flowed through another short horizon- 
tal tunnel into the bottom of this ver- 
tical shaft, which served as a well. The 
Israelites could approach it from the 
horizontal tunnel inside the city and 
end up standing above the shaft, from 
where they could then fetch their 
water. According to biblical accounts, 
David is said to have conquered 
Jerusalem from the Jebusite inhabit- 
ants by penetrating the horizontal 
water tunnel that led from the spring 
directly into the city. David's enemies 
would find it impossible to do the 
same because of the vertical shaft they 

would have to ascend in order to pene- 
trate the city. 

Even without encountering enemy 
resistance, ascending the shaft was a 
major feat for modern-day archaeol- 
ogists. A team of mining engineers 
was called upon to blast through the 
shaft, which had become covered with 
refuse since it was first discovered by 
archaeologist Charles Warren in 1867. 
A team of alpinists with elaborate 
climbing gear then scaled the shaft, 
which has come to be known as War- 
ren's Shaft after its discoverer. 

Open to sightseers 

Today, vistors can walk through the 
3,000-year-old underground tunnel 
leading to the shaft. There, if it is 
quiet, they can still hear the spring 
waters of the Gihon flowing below, as 
they did in David's time. 

The underground water system was 
later extended in Solomon's time to 
form the pool of Shiloah, and then 
again during the reign of Hezekiah 
(around the end of the eighth century 
B.C.) to form the 1,500-foot long 
"Hezekiah's Tunnel," which is still in- 
tact today. 

It is the earliest section of the water 

system which David built that now 
forms part of the recently-opened ar- 
chaeological park in the City of David. 
In addition to Warren's Shaft, the 
park incorporates the northern section 
of the excavations known as Area G. 
Many of the most outstanding finds of 
the last eight years can be viewed in 
this area. There is an imposing 55-foot 
high stepped structure — the equiva- 
lent of a six-story building — that 
served as the retaining wall for 
David's citadel. (Archaeologists be- 
lieve the citadel itself was long ago 

Beneath this Israelite structure, one 
goes even deeper into the past to find 
the thick walls that belonged to a 
Canaanite citadel, which David proba- 
bly destroyed when he conquered the 
city. And above, two razed buildings 
dated to the Babylonian conquest of 
586 B.C. attest to the tragic end of the 
city David founded. 

Eventually the southern section of 
the excavations, known as Area E, 
will also be included in the archaeo- 
logical park. Then visitors will also be 
able to see the 5,000-year-old houses 
that mark the beginning of Jerusalem 
as a city. [t] 

March 1986 



Shipshewana Retreat Acquires Land; 
Launches "Friends of Camp" Program 

Shipshewana, Ind. — Thirteen lots 
were recently added to the Brethren 
Retreat Center at Lake Shipshewana 
and a new program has been launched 
by the Board of Directors of the re- 
treat called "Friends of the Camp." 

The 13 lots were purchased by the 
Board of Directors of the Brethren 
Conference of Indiana last November. 
Three of the lots are located southwest 
of the Laymen's Lodge and are the 
proposed site for a future maintenance 
facility. The remaining ten lots are 
near the lake and will be used for rec- 

reational and camp programming ac- 
tivities. The total purchase price of the 
13 lots was $6,000. 

The purpose of the "Friends of the 
Camp" promotion is to raise additional 
money to fund capital improvements 
and program developments that the 
camp board has been planning as part 
of its five-year goals for the retreat 
center. These goals include new play- 
ground equipment, upgrading the pro- 
gram to offer new opportunities to the 
camper, and raising the standards of 
the camping program. 

Roanoke, Ind., First Brethren Church 
Dedicates New Allen Organ in January 

Roanoke, Ind. — The Roanoke First 
Brethren Church dedicated a new 
organ on Sunday, January 12. 

The organ, an Allen Digital Com- 
puter Organ, system 520, replaces one 
which had served the Roanoke congre- 
gation for 34 years. The new organ's 
greater capabilities will be much ap- 
preciated by the three gifted organists 
of the Roanoke Church — Lorena 
Zent, Sharon Williams, and Theresa 

The dedication service included a 
recital on the new organ by Scott 
Schindler, 24, a graduate student in 
music at Fort Wayne Bible College 
and organist at the Blackhawk Bap- 
tist Church in Fort Wayne. Approxi- 
mately 65 members and friends of the 
Roanoke Brethren Church were pres- 
ent for the service of dedication. 

The cost of the Allen Organ, which 

was purchased from the Fred Myers 
Piano and Organ Company, was 
$10,450. It was paid for with money 
received as gifts and from two special 
offerings — one taken at Homecoming 
on November 3 and the other at the 
dedication on January 12. The organ 
was completely paid for the week fol- 

Persons who become "Friends of the 
Camp" will be known by various 
terms, depending on the amount of 
support they give. The classifications 
include "Scouts" (persons who give 
$10 per month or $120 per year), 
"Path Finders" ($20/month, $240/ 
year), "Pass Detectors" ($30/month, 
$360/year), "Trail Blazers" ($50/ 
month, $600/year), "Explorers" ($1000 
or more/year). 

All "Friends of the Camp" will re- 
ceive a monthly mailing of camp news, 
and "Friends" in the various cat- 
egories will receive other expressions 
of appreciation, such as banquet tic- 
kets or camp scholarships. 

There is even a "Friends of the 
Camp" classification for youth. Chil- 
dren who give two dollars to four dol- 
lars per month will be known as 
"Junior Scouts" and will be given a 
free camp T-shirt. 

lowing the dedication service. 

The old organ, which was still us- 
able, was given to the Meadow Crest 
Brethren Church of Fort Wayne. It 
was moved from Roanoke to the 
Meadow Crest Church by Fred Myers 
free of charge. 

— reported by Kayleen Bowker 

World Relief Board Offers Scholarships 
To Attenders of Transcultural Seminar 

St. Petersburg, Fla. — The World 
Relief Board is offering four $250- 
scholarships to Brethren persons in- 
terested in attending the 1986 Trans- 
cultural Seminar June 1-13 at Eastern 
Mennonite College in Harrisonburg, 

Members of the Mt. Olive Brethren 
Church, located near Harrisonburg, 

Cheyenne Pastor Receives Commendation 
From Laramie Co. Sheriffs Department 

Cheyenne, Wyo. — Rev. Emery 
Hurd, pastor of the Cheyenne Breth- 
ren Church, received a letter of com- 
mendation and a certificate of appre- 
ciation from the Laramie County 
Sheriffs Department January 7 for his 
service as a sheriffs chaplain. 

Chaplain Hurd was commended for 
his active participation in the per- 
formance of his duties, his exemplary 
job as training co-ordinator, and his 
overall contribution to the chaplaincy 

Rev. Hurd has been a member of the 
Chaplain Corps for approximately two 
years and has been involved in numer- 

ous calls ranging from family distur- 
bances to death notifications. He is 
also the training coordinator for chap- 
lains and works directly with the 
training officer of the Sheriffs Depart- 

"It has been a tremendous experi- 
ence being a chaplain and to be able 
to see the needs and problems some 
people have which the average person 
never sees or knows about," Rev. Hurd 
said. "It has been a good training ex- 
perience for me and has and will make 
me a better minister and pastor in this 

— reported by Alice M. Tharp 

have also offered to provide housing 
for any Brethren person who attends 
the seminar. 

The purpose of the Transcultural 
Seminar is to prepare people for over- 
seas service by helping them under- 
stand cultural differences and how 
these differences affect the way a per- 
son conducts himself and relates to 
others while living in another country. 
The seminar also seeks to help stu- 
dents and professionals test their in- 
terest in international Christian de- 

The resource people for this year's 
seminar will include overseas workers 
with experience in Africa, Centrsd 
America, South America, India, and 
Southeast Asia. They will deal with 
education, agriculture, nutrition, med- 
icine, and general development needs 
and applications. 

The registration fee for the seminEir 
is $405. It can be taken for college or 
seminary credit. 

Anyone interested in more informa- 
tion about this seminar and the World 
Relief Board scholarships should call 
Erica Weidenhamer, World Relief 
Board secretary, at 813-545-2173. 


The Brethren Evangelist 


The present church building of the Flora, Ind., First Brethren Church. 

Flora First Brethren Celebrates 
100th Anniversary February 2nd 

Flora, Ind. — The First Brethren 
Church of Flora celebrated its 100th 
anniversary on Sunday, February 2, 
with a special morning worship serv- 
ice followed by a noon fellowship meal. 
Instead of the usual sermon by Pas- 
tor Alvin Grumbling during the wor- 
ship service, members and guests were 
given an opportunity to reminisce and 
to tell what the church has meant to 

them over the years. Special music for 
the service was presented by the 
Hathaways, a mixed quartet from 
Delphi, Ind. Attendance was 119. 

Ninety people stayed for the meal 
following the service, which was 
served at tables decorated as they 
might have been 100 years ago, with 
kerosene lamps and lanterns. Some of 
the women wore dust caps or bonnets 

Church and Church School Workers Honored 
During "Leadership Sunday" at Hagerstown 

Hagerstown, Md. — Mrs. Margaret 
Greene and Mrs. Ruth Stoddard re- 
ceived special recognition when 
"Leadership Sunday" was observed 
January 12 by the First Brethren 
Church of Hagerstown. 

In recognition of her two years as 
church school superintendent, Mrs. 
Greene received a certificate of ap- 
preciation, presented by the current 
superintendent, Mrs. Doris Bairnett. 

Mrs. Greene, in turn, presented a 
certificate and a plaque to Mrs. Ruth 
Stoddard in recognition of her 48 
years of service in the nursery-cradle 
roll department of the church school. 
Mrs. Stoddard was also honored as 
Christian Educator of 1985 in the 
Hagerstown First Brethren Church. 

Other leaders in the Hagerstown 
church and church school were hon- 
ored during a luncheon that was 
served in the fellowship hall following 
the morning worship service. 

Mrs. Margaret Green (I.) presents a 
plaque to Mrs. Ruth Stoddard in recog- 
nition of her 48 years of service in the 
nursery -cradle roll department of the 
Hagerstown church school. 

and dresses like those that would have 
been worn at the time of the founding 
of the church. 

The First Brethren Church of Flora 
was organized February 1, 1886, by 
Benjamin H. Flora. The first church 
building was started October 5, 1886, 
and the first service was held in it on 
January 8, 1887. By 1889 the congre- 
gation had 75 members. 

The original building was enlarged 
and remodeled in 1909 and served the 
congregation until March 1917, by 
which time it was too small. It was 
sold at public auction and moved sev- 
eral blocks away, where it later 

The present building was built on 
the original site, with the laying of the 
cornerstone taking place on June 30, 
1917. Four women who were members 
then are still living — Gladys Whet- 
stone, Carrie Zinn, Bessie Yunker, 
and June Musselman. The last two 
were present for the 100th anniver- 
sary celebration on February 2. 

Over the years the church building 
has been redecorated and remodeled 
on various occasions, most recently in 
1980 when the flat roof was replaced 
with a peaked roof and the building 
was redecorated. 

Rev. Alvin Grumbling has pastored 
the congregation since 1976. Member- 
ship at the end of 1985 was 115. Elev- 
en men from the congregation have 
entered the gospel ministry. 

The church plans a larger celebration 

in September with a week of revival 

services, homecoming and rally day, 

and a centennial Communion service. 

— reported by June Musselman 

County Line Brethren Enjoy 
Super Bowl Sunday Together 

Lakeville, Ind. — Rather than mak- 
ing people choose between watching 
the Super Bowl or coming to evening 
church on Super Bowl Sunday, the 
County Line Brethren Church gave 
them an opportunity to do both. 

Two television sets, a recorder, a 
VCR, and lawn chairs were set up in 
the church fellowship hall. Plenty of 
refi-eshments were also brought in. 

Before the game, the County Line 
Brethren joined together for a period 
of devotions. Then they enjoyed a time 
of fun and fellowship with one another 
as they watched the Chicago Bears 
trounce the New England Patriots. 

Children who were not interested in 
the Super Bowl played games or 
watched movies. 

— reported by Virginia King 

March 1986 






Rev. James R. Black, executive 
director of the Missionary Board of 
The Brethren Church, returned safely 
from a three-week administrative visit 
to Colombia and Argentina on Satur- 
day, February 22. 

Mr. Brad Hardesty, the new pas- 
tor of the Milledgeville, 111., Brethren 

Church, and his wife Jan were the 
center of the congregation's attention 
on Saturday, February 1. While the 
two WMS circles were hosting a brunch 
and baby shower at the church for Mrs. 
Hardesty, the men were helping their 
pastor move the Hardestys' household 
goods from their former home in Mil- 
ledgeville to the parsonage. The baby, 
which is due this month (March), will 
be the Hardestys' first. 

John Broseus, moderator of the 
Newark, Ohio, Brethren Church and 
president of the church's Laymen's 
group, was featured in an article that 
appeared January 26 in the Newark 
Advocate. Mr. Broseus is a patrolman 
for the Newark Police Department, 
and the article, entitled "While others 
sleep, police stand watch," told about 
the rewards and hardships he experi- 
ences working the night shift. 

The "Deacon Flocks" of the Gretna 
Brethren Church, near Bellefon- 
taine, Ohio, met in "Flock Gatherings" 
for fellowship and encouragement on 
Saturday evening, February 15, with 
approximately 70 people taking psirt. 
The congregation is divided into five 
"flocks" of 14 families each, with a 
deacon couple in charge of each flock. 
The "Flock Gatherings" were so suc- 
cessful that similar gatherings are 
planned for October 18. 

The Milledgeville, El., Brethren 

Church honored its Sunday school 
teachers during the morning worship 
service on Sunday, February 2. Recog- 
nized for having taught Sunday school 
the longest were Mrs. Lucille Woess- 
ner (60 years), and Mrs. Woessner's 
sister, Mrs. Alberta Wilkinson (56 
years). The church's newest teacher is 
Karl Htirmon (one year). 

In Memory 

Rev. Virgil E. Meyer, 70, former as- 
sistant to the dean of Ashland Theo- 
logical Seminary, died unexpectedly on 
February 14 following an apparent heart 

Bom JanuEiry 14, 1916, in Rock Falls, 
111., Virgil became a member of the Mil- 
Church as a 
young person 
£ind later at- 
tended Ashland 
College and 
Ashland Theo- 
logical Semi- 
nary. He served 
Brethren pas- 
torates in 
Gratis, Ohio; 
Waterloo, Iowa; 
and Nappanee, 
Ind.; before being called in 1956 to become 
director of religious affairs at Ashland Col- 
lege. He served in this position until 1972, 
when he was named assistant to the dean 
at the seminary. He officially retired from 
this position in 1979 but continued to serve 
the seminary as campus minister on a part 
time basis. Rev. Meyer was particularly 
known for his warm handshakes and his 
expressions of encouragement to others. 

He was married June 27, 1942, to Mar- 
jorie A. Heath. They were the parents of 
two daughters and one son. 

Memorial services were held for Rev. 
Meyer on Februrary 17 at the Ashland 
Park Street Brethren Church, with Dr. 
Arden Gilmer officiating, assisted by Drs. 
Glenn L. Clayton, Joseph R. Shultz, Fred 
Finks, and Chaplain Eugene Beekley. 

In recognition of Rev. Meyer's outstand- 
ing achievement and his impact on the 
lives of innumerable students for the 
ministry, Ashland Theological Seminary 
has established the Virgil E. Meyer Schol- 
Eirship. This will be a permanent endow- 

ment scholarship that will be awarded 
each year. Individuals desiring to contri- 
bute to this scholarship may send their 
gifts to Ashland Theological Seminary, 910 
Center Street, Ashland, OH 44805. 
Ruth Naomi Hagenbuch, 76, February 
18. Member of the Williamstown First 
Brethren Church. Services by W. St. Clair 
Benshoff, pastor. Mrs. Hagenbuch was the 
wife of Elder (Jeorge Hagenbuch of Wil- 
liamstown and the daughter of the late 
Elder S.E. Christiansen, remembered by 
many Brethren as the pastor of the Mt. 
Olivet Brethren Church of Georgetown, 

Mrs. Mary Louise Goard, 73, February 
14. Member of the Ashland Park Street 
Brethren Church. Services in Tennessee. 
Otis "Toby" Clayton, 86, February 12. 
Member of the Gretna Brethren Church. 
Services by James F. Black, pastor. 
Mrs. Avis Deets, 92, January 29. Member 
of the Milledgeville Brethren Church. 
Services by Brad Hardesty, pastor. 
Melvin L. Heeter, 90, January 24. Mem- 
ber of the North Manchester First Breth- 
ren Church. Services by Archie Kevins, 
pastor, and Rev. Larry Fourman. 
Roy O. Zellers, 90, January 20. Member 
of the North Manchester First Brethren 
Church. Services by Archie Nevins, pastor, 
and Rev. Richard Craig. 
Clifford Bowser, 80, January 16. Member 
for 62 years of The Brethren Church in 
New Lebanon. Services by Robert Dillard, 
pastor, and John Tipton. 
Milford K. Brinegar, 71, January 15. 
Lifelong member of the Carleton, Nebr., 
Brethren Church. Services by Rev. John 
Tubbs and Rev. James Thomas. Mr. 
Brinegar served on the Ashland College 
Board of Trustees for 24 years and for 
many years on the national Missionary 
Board of The Brethren Church. He was 
also a member of the Midwest District Mis- 
sion Board for a number of years and 
served that board as chairman and as 

W. Odessa Alexander, 85, January 14. 
Member for over 50 years of the Bethlehem 
Brethren Church and an officer in the 
senior WMS. Services by Pat Velanzon, 

Mrs. Eunice V. Thomas, 82, January 8. 
Member of the Linwood Brethren Church. 
Services by Rev. Jerald Radcliff and Rev. 
Doc Shank. Mrs. Thomas was the mother 
of Dolores Keplinger (wife of Rev. Robert 

Leland F. Walker, 69, Jsuiuary 8. Member 
of the Berlin Brethren Church. Services by 
Ralph E. Mills, pastor. 
Roger Coleman, 58, November 30. Mem- 
ber of the Milledgeville Brethren Church. 
Services by Brad Hardesty, pastor. 
Myrtle KaUfut, 73, November 18. Member 
of the Masontown Brethren Church. Serv- 
ices by Robert O. Byler, pastor. 


Mr. and Mrs. Neal VanDiepenbos, 50th, 
January 17. Friends of the New Paris First 
Brethren Church. 

Rev. and Mrs. Hays K. Logan, 60th, Jan- 
uary 9. Members of the Linwood Brethren 


Lana Angel to Rod Powell, January 25, 
at The Brethren Church in New Lebanon; 
Robert Dillard, pastor, officiating. Groom a 
member of The Brethren Church in New 

Carolyn Jean Davis to Bruce Balsega, 
October 26, at the Masontown Brethren 
Church; Robert O. Byler, pastor, officiat- 
ing. Bride a member of the Masontown 
Brethren Church. 

Membership Growth 

Teegarden: 5 by baptism 

Linwood: 2 by baptism, 8 by transfer 

New Lebanon: 1 by baptism, 2 by transfer 


The Brethren Evangeust 

Little Crusader 

Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder 
them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 19:14). 


The Easter season brings us to the wonder of the cross. God 
sent His son to that cross because He loves you, your neighbors . . . 
the whole world. John 3:16 helps us understand the love of God. God 
gave us His best gift, His only Son, Jesus Christ, to save us from our 
sins and to give us eternal life. 

Love Search 

All the words in John 3:16 are 
included in this "Love Search." 
Find and circle them. 

"For God so loved the world, 
that He gave His only begot- 
ten Son, that whoever be- 
lieves in Him should not 
perish, but have eternal life." 
John 3:16 

Answers on page 3. 

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Love Fractions 

Write the fraction of each word on the line next to it. Then use those letters to spell out the 
message on the lines at the bottom of the page. Example: 2/3 of cat = ca . 

(1)2/4 of jets 

(2) 1/3 of sun 

(3) 2/3 of use 

(4) 3/4 of diet = 

(5) 1/4 of duck 

(6) 2/4 of foot = 

(7) 1/3 of run = 

(8) 1/3 of yet 

(9) 2/3 of out 

March 1986 


Brethren World Missions - 1986 




Foundation of World Evangelism! 
Acts 1:8 

Please Pray For your missionary personnel 

Please Prepare People for missionary service 

Please Provide Through giving, loans, wills! 

Your help is essential if the Brethren 

Mission foundation is to remain strong 

now and in the future. 

Please give sacrificially to help supply 

the need. Give through your local church 

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Developing a Global Vision 

Praying for Nations 

FEW OF US really think about 
praying for nations. We barely 
have time to pray about our own 
needs — our problems at work, 
sicknesses in the family, or decisions 
about the future. 

Sometimes we do reach outside 
ourselves. We pray for a neighbor's 
salvation or that God will rescue a 
close friend's marriage. But interces- 
sion for a whole nation? That's a 
pretty tall order. We might pray, 
"God bless President Reagan," but 
that's about as far as we go. 

Is it really necessary? 

Is prayer for the nations really 
necessary? If so, how do we go about 
it? Feeling convicted about my lax- 
ness in this area, I did a mini-study 
to find out exactly what Scripture 
says on this subject. 

I went first to the well-known 
text, more known than practiced, in 
I Timothy. Paul writes, "I urge, 
then, . . . that requests, prayers, 
intercession and thanksgiving be 
made for . . . kings and all those in 
authority . . ." (2:1-2).* 

The reason, Paul says, is "that we 
may live peaceful and quiet lives in 
all godliness and holiness," adding 
that such prayer "is good, and 
pleases God our Savior" (2:2-3). This 
would imply that we should pray 
that in the different nations there 
would be freedom to worship Grod 
and share one's faith. 

In another passage related to 
prayer for the nations, Christ says, 
"The harvest is plentiful but the 

*Quotations from the Bible are from the 
New International Version. 

workers are few. Ask the Lord of the 
harvest, therefore, to send out work- 
ers into his harvest field (Matt. 9:37- 
38). Accordingly, we pray for believ- 
ers in the different nations, who 
must take the gospel to the last 
comer within their borders. 

Old Testament examples 

The Old Testament contains many 
examples of prayers that have 
changed the course of nations. Think 
of Nehemiah, who poured himself 
out in prayer and fasting for his 
beseiged nation Israel. Remember 
Abraham, who pleaded that God 
would not destroy the just with the 
unjust in Sodom and Gomorrah. 

We should remember that the 
word "nations," which appears more 
than 250 times in the Bible, refers to 
ethnic groupings. As such, we find 
nations within nations — the 60,000 
Chinese in Peru, for example, or 
Vietnamese refugees in the U.S. 

It's a mystery to me why an all- 
powerful God wants us to intercede 
for nations and leaders. Why doesn't 
he just take care of things Himself? 

But God chooses to work through 
the prayers of ordinary believers 
like you and me. He explicitly asks 
us to intercede for leaders and na- 
tions. In some ways. He even "de- 
pends" on us: "I looked for a man 
among them who would build up the 
wall and stand before me in the gap 
on behalf of the land so I would not 
have to destroy it, but I found none" 
(Ezek. 22:30). 

Maybe you're wondering, "But 
what will my puny prayer do to 
change the course of history in 

Afghanistan or South Africa?" Some- 
times, when praying for an entire 
nation, I have felt as small and pow- 
erless as a kid trying to hit the moon 
with a peashooter. 

One Scripture has particularly 
boosted my faith when it comes to 
praying for leaders of nations. King 
Solomon wrote, "The king's heart is 
in the hand of the Lord; he directs 
it like a watercourse wherever he 
pleases" (Prov. 21:1). 

Leaders, be they Muammar Gad- 
dafi of Libya or Shimon Peres in Is- 
rael, won't do anything — they can't 
— unless God in His sovereignty al- 
lows them. No leader or nation is too 
difficult for God. 

Our faith in prayer for the nations 
surges hard and fast when we recall 
that no leader or nation even exists 
without God's permission. We won't 
know until heaven to what extent 
the fervent prayers of individual 
Christians have changed nations 
and leaders of nations. But it's safe 
to assume that they have brought 
about such changes. 

Inter- Varsity's "Urbana 84" prayer 
diary proposes seven areas that 
shape the thinking of individuals 
and, subsequently, a nation: (1) 
home and family; (2) church; (3) 
education; (4) arts and entertain- 
ment; (5) media; (6) government; 
(7) business and commerce. The 
diary suggests fervent intercession 
in these areas, which are "mind- 
molders" that influence the direction 
of a nation. 

Here are a couple of other sugges- 
tions. When reading the newspaper, 
pray for the troubled nations you 
come across. When praying for 
Brethren missionaries or those fi-om 
other churches, pray for the nation 
in which they serve. 

A liberating experience 

Prayer for nations does sound dif- 
ficult. But there's something re- 
freshing, even liberating, when we 
get outside ourselves and pray with 
God's eyes for the world. We open 
our eyes to other peoples and see 
God's work among them. 

It's exhilarating to remember that 
God is in control of our mixed-up 
world. It is also sobering when we 
recall that our prayers move God's 
hand, and that He wants it that 
way. [t] 

The Brethren Evangeust 

April 1986 
Volume 108, Number 4 

The Brethren Evangeust 

(ISSN 0747-4288) 


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Equipped to Build by Dan L. Lawson 

The Holy Spirit gives Christians all the tools they need to 

build Christ's Church. 

Paying the Price by Gerald A. Barr 

The example of Stephen teaches us that we must be willing 

to pay a price if we want to bring other people to Christ. 

It's About Time by Ronald L. Waters 

Christian stewardship includes the proper use of time. 

Brethren World Relief 

Ministry Pages: 

"Into Africa" by Marlin L. McCann 
Victims Have Names by Timothy P. Garner 
Getting the Right Attitude by Michael Smith 



Developing a Global Vision 2 
by John Maust 

Readers' Foriun 9 

Cartoon 10 

Peace Points of View 11 

Update 17 

From the Grape Vine 22 

Little Crusader Page 23 

by Jane Solomon 

Evangelist Subscriptions: 

At the 1985 General Conference, Moderator Arden Gilmer made three 
recommendations concerning the Evangelist, all of which Conference 
approved. These recommendations were: (1) That every church set a goal of 
100 percent of its family tmits becoming subscribers to the Evangelist within 
the next three years. (2) That every church give a one-year gift subscription 
to the Evangelist to every new family unit at the time they join the church. 
(3) That each church provide a gift subscription to two prospective families. 

The editor is happy to report that since Conference three congregations 
(Warsaw, Meadow Crest, and Bradenton) have become new 100 percent 
churches (purchased subscriptions for all family units), and several other con- 
gregations (Ft. Scott, Cerro Gordo, Berlin, Goshen, Jefferson, St. James), 
though not 100 percent, have added significant numbers of subscribers to 
their lists. 

May the example of these churches challenge other congregations to add 
to their church lists and to work toward the goal of getting THE Brethren 
Evangelist into every Brethren home. 

Answers to Little Crusader Page. 

A Bible Book Message: 1. Numbers; 2. John; 3. Jonah; 4. Kings; 
5. Judges; 6. Malachi; 7. Proverbs; 8. Genesis; 9. Obadiah; 10. Acts. The hid- 
den message: Read the Bible. 




by Dan L. Lawson 

A RELATIVELY new awareness 
swept across the Christian 
population of America during the 
decade of the seventies. This new 
awareness was a sudden, dramatic 
interest in the Holy Spirit and, more 
specifically, in the spiritual gifts He 
provides His church. 

C. Peter Wagner states that 
rarely, if ever, in the history of the 
church has there been such a wide- 
spread interest in the Holy Spirit.^ 
This renewed interest in spiritual 
gifts has become apparent in all de- 
nominations, not just those tradi- 
tionally known as Pentacostal or 

Brethren teaching on the Holy 
Spirit calls Brethren to be open to the 
gifts of the Spirit.^ But recent excite- 
ment concerning spiritual gifts is 
rapidly reaching a level unmatched 
in any other period of Brethren his- 
tory. Therefore, as Brethren, being 
"open to new light," we must take a 
serious look at what is being called 
"gift theology," its biblical basis and 
our approach to it. 

For purposes of illustration, let us 
consider a somewhat different word- 
ing of the Great Commission of our 
Lord. Instead of commissioning us to 
make disciples, let us imagine that 

Pastor Lawson serves the Valley Breth- 
ren Church, Jones Mills, Pa. 

Jesus told us to go into all the world 
and build great buildings. If this 
were the case, many would quickly 
respond, "Lord, I lack the knowledge 
for such a task." Or, "Lord, how can 
you expect me to build great build- 
ings with my bare hands." 

Just as it would be foolish for a 
contractor to consider erecting a 
building without the use of a crane, 
welding torches, hammers, saws, 
and various other equipment for the 
job, so it is equally ridiculous for be- 
lievers to consider building up the 
body of Christ without the proper 
tools necessary to accomplish this 

In our illustration, Jesus might 
well have answered: "Fear not, for I 
will give you the knowledge and the 
tools you will need to accomplish 
this great job." In reality, Jesus has 
said and done just that in order that 
we might fulfill His commission to 
"make disciples." In sending His 
Holy Spirit to all believers. He 
sends, as well, special gifts that en- 
able us to carry out His last great 
commission. These special abilities, 
which are divinely given to every 
believer, are what we are calling 
spiritual gifts. Therefore, we should 
all be eager and willing to accept 
and use these tools (spiritual gifts), 
which God has put within us. 

Perhaps our concept of spiritual 

gifts is that they are only for the 
pastor. Scriptiu-e reveals, however, 
that God gives His spiritual gifts to 
every Christian (I Pet. 4:10). 

Wagner asks the question, "Who 
needs to know about spiritual gifts?" 
His answer: "You need to know 
about spiritual gifts if: 
"1. You are a Christian, 
"2. You believe that Jesus is your 
Lord and you want to love Him 
and follow Him in the best way 
possible, and, 
"3. You want your church to be 
a healthy, attractive, growing 
group of people showing forth 
God's love in your community. "3 
In the light of the above, every 
dedicated Christian should be ready 
to take a serious look at spiritual 
gifts. In fact, ignorance of spiritual 
gifts may well be a chief cause for 
retarded church growth today.'* The 
Apostle Paul says in I Corinthians 
12, "Now about spiritual gifts, 
brothers, I do not want you to be 
ignorant" (v. 1, NIV). From this we 
can conclude that teaching on spirit- 
ual gifts is essential for the spiritual 
maturity of the church. 

For purposes of clarity, let us con- 
sider the following definition of spir- 
itual gifts. "A spiritual gift is a spe- 
cial attribute given by the Holy 
Spirit to every member of the Body 
of Christ according to God's grace for 

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use within the context of the Body."^ 
In Christ, every believer is someone 
important, regardless of who that 
person is and regardless of his or her 
educational status. God has a special 
mission and purpose for everyone. 

It is not God's will that any be- 
liever should yield to the sin of 
apathy and become a pew-warmer 
and sermon-snoozer. Instead, God 
would have us be alive and on fire 
with the excitement of His Spirit. 
Therefore, He has divinely given 
each Christian a personally tailored 
set of special abilities (spiritual 
gifts) for specific use within His 

The Apostle Paul uses the analogy 
of the human body to clarify this 
concept (Rom. 12:4). In this analogy 
we can easily see that although a 
hand is not a foot and foot is not an 
eye, each part of the body is impor- 
tant and has a specific job to do. 

This principle applies to spiritual 
gifts as well. Therefore, no Christian 
needs to feel left out when it comes 
to possessing spiritual gifts. In fact, 
many are multi-gifted. Thus we can 
conclude that "every true function of 
the body of Christ has a 'member' to 
perform it, and every member has a 
function to perform."® Gift theology 
teaches that God has given each 
member a special ability (spiritual 
gift) to perform his or her function 
to His glory and to his or her own 

Counterfeit gifts 

Ironically these beautiful and 
powerful gifts from God have been 
misused and abused to the extent 
that they have brought disaster to 
many congregations. In fact, the 
enemy has developed his own set of 
"counterfeit gifts," which he uses in 
an attempt to destroy the church. 
His clever use of these counterfeit 
gifts has resulted in some tragic con- 
sequences, which have made some 
Christian leaders cautious, critical, 
and even antagonistic when con- 
fronted with spiritual gifts. 

The answer to misuse, however, 
is not disuse but right use. "To dis- 
cern whether certain manifestations 
are from the Holy Spirit, we need to 
look at the scriptural teaching con- 
cerning them and our attitudes must 
be positive."' 

David Watson in his book. Called 
and Committed, lists five scriptural 

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steps toward being open to spiritual 
gifts.* They are: 

1. "Don't resist the Holy 
Spirit." We believe that the God of 
all creation knows what is best for 
us and that we should give ourselves 
totally to His will. Yet when He 
would transform us into active serv- 
ants by the recognition of His spirit- 
ual gifts, we resist. We must be 
cautious, as Gamaliel said, lest we 
find ourselves opposing God (see 
Acts 5:39). 

It is ridiculous for us to 
think that we can build up 
the body of Christ without 
the necessary tools. 

2. "Don't quench the Holy 
Spirit." Some carry spiritual gifts to 
a radical extreme, while others op- 
pose them too rigidly. A wiser ap- 
proach is to encourage what is good 
and gently correct what is wrong, 
and above all to allow the Holy 
Spirit to work in His own way. Paul 
WTote: "Quench not the Spirit. . . . 
hold fast that which is good" (I 
Thess. 5:19-21, KJV). 

3. "Don't fear the Holy Spirit." 
Someone once said, anxiously, "I 
hope that nothing supernatural will 
happen in our church!" With that at- 
titude, it most certainly will not. 
Out of fear of the Holy Spirit's 
power, we box God up in the limits 
of our own understanding. We fail to 
realize that God's will is to our bene- 
fit. He has not given us a spirit of 
fear, but a spirit of power, love, and 
a sound mind (II Tim. 1:7). 

4. "Don't grieve the Holy 
Spirit." Even in the early church 
disharmony arose due to anger and 
jealousy concerning spiritual gifts. 
Paul found it necessary to write to 
the church in Corinth concerning 
their bickering over spiritual gifts. 
And to the church at Ephesus he 
wrote, "And do not grieve the Holy 
Spirit of God .... be kind one to 
another . . ." (Eph. 4:30-32, NASB). 

5. "Don't ignore the Holy 
Spirit, particularly when it comes to 
His gifts." Christ, through His Holy 
Spirit, is continually calling us into 
action. God does not give gifts which 
He does not call the recipient to use. 
Nor does He call someone to do 

something for Him without equip- 
ping that person with the necessary 
gift or gifts to do it. If we choose to 
ignore the Holy Spirit, we commit 
ourselves to the sin of apathy, and 
apathy is one of the greatest sins 
confronting the church today. 

Our primary spiritual exercise 

The primary spiritual exercise for 
any Christian is to discover, develop, 
and use his or her spiritual gifts.® 
On the basis of I Corinthians 12:18, 
Wagner says that if we decide to or- 
ganize our church around spiritual 
gifts, we are simply uncovering 
what God has already willed for our 
particular segment of the Body of 
Christ. '° If the church is within the 
will of God, it will accomplish much. 
But if the church ignores any part of 
the will of God, it has, in fact, to 
some degree ignored God. 

Each member of the body is im- 
portant to the degree to which that 
member uses the spiritual gifts God 
has given him or her. As we con- 
tinue this study, we will be looking 
at the various spiritual gifts found 
in Scripture and at how we can dis- 
cover the specific spiritual gifts God 
has given us personally. This is in 
no way a Pentacostal approach to 
spiritual gifts, and it should be 
noted that there are many more 
spiritual gifts than speaking in 
tongues (in fact at least 27 such gifts 
have been counted). 

Furthermore, we will see that as 
each congregation begins to encour- 
age its members to use their spirit- 
ual gifts, it will experience unprece- 
dented growth. Wagner says that if 
we use our spiritual gifts within the 
church, it is not unrealistic to expect 
200 percent growi;h in a ten-year 
period.^' The power of God is un- 
limited! [t] 

'C. Peter Wagner, Your Spiritual Gifts 
Can Help Your Church Grow (Regal Books, 
1979), p. 19. 

'^Dale W. Brown, "Doctrine of the Holy 
Spirit," The Brethren Encyclopedia, 1983, 1, 

''Wagner, p. 31. 

*Ibid., p. 32. 

%(d., p. 42. 

^Ibid., p. 40, quoting from W.T. Purkiser, 
The Gifts of the Spirit, p. 21. 

'David Watson, Called and Committed: 
World-Changing Discipleship (Harold 
Shaw Publishers, 1982), p. 74. 

^Ibid., pp. 74-75. 

^Wagner, p. 44. 

'"/ftjd., p. 39. 

"/ftid., p. 177. 

Evangelistic Encounters in ttie Boole of Acts. 


by Gerald A. Barr 

""^7"0U can't get something for 

1 nothing." This maxim has 
been repeated so often that it has be- 
come a cHche. But despite its famil- 
iarity, it is nevertheless true. 

Indeed, everything has its price, 
and the more value the thing we 
pursue has, the greater its price will 
be and the more willing we will be 
to pay that price. Of course, any par- 
ticular thing will have differing 
values for different people, and some 
will be quicker to pay the price than 
others. This is true of automobiles, 
breakfast cereals, and faith. 

For some time the Brethren have 
been enthralled by the church 
growth movement. We have es- 
poused many of its theories and ad- 
mired many of its leaders, often 
without really hearing what they 
are saying. We have loudly echoed 
Peter Wagner's proposition that "the 
indispensable condition for a grow- 
ing church is that it wants to grow" 
without ever hearing the last part of 
that statement, "... and is willing 
to pay the price for growth" (em- 
phasis mine). 

We spend a great deal of time 
talking about how we want our 
churches to grow (whether to con- 
vince others or ourselves, I'm not 
sure), but we never get down to the 
nitty-gritty of actually paying the 
price to reach others for Christ. In 
fact, if put to the test, we probably 
wouldn't even be able to itemize the 
price of growing the church. 

Rev. Barr is pastor of the Brethren 
Home Mission Church in Sarver, Pa. 

The fact of the matter is that if 
the church is to grow, if the lost chil- 
dren of God are to be rescued and 
brought into His family, we must 
know and be willing to pay the price 
to get the job done. 

Nestled in the early chapters of 
the Book of Acts is the story of a 
layman, a deacon, which suggests to 
us five aspects of the price to be paid 
for the work of evangelism. In Acts 6 
and 7 is the record of Stephen, a 
churchman called upon to "serve 
tables" as a deacon, who became a 
great example of evangelism for us. 

The Spirit-filled life 

The first thing we learn about 
Stephen is that he was a man of 
good reputation who was filled with 
the Holy Spirit. When the Apostles 
sought help with their duties, they 
called for Spirit-filled men to do the 

If evangelism is to be done effec- 
tively, it must be done by people 
who are willing to submit to the 
Holy Spirit, follow His guidance, 
and allow Him to work and speak 
through them. The simple truth is 
that the first price we must pay is to 
allow ourselves to be controlled by 
the Holy Spirit to the point that we 
will do whatever He desires us to do. 
Until we are Spirit-controlled, we 
will never be effective evangelists, 
and the church will never grow. 

Bible study 

The second price we must be will- 
ing to pay for evangelism is the 
price of study. If you read Acts 7 

carefully, you will discover that this 
layman Stephen delivered a pro- 
found Bible study to the religious 
leaders that totally overwhelmed 
them. Stephen's knowledge of Scrip- 
ture could only have come from long 
hours of study. He not only quotes 
the Scriptures, but he also gives 
careful and specific interpretations 
of many Bible passages. Stephen 
had done his homework and was 
ready to speak to those who would 
challenge him on God's word. 

The Bible says that we must be 
able to handle "accurately the word 
of truth" (II Tim. 2:15, NASB) and 
be ready "to make a defense to every 
one who asks you to give an account 
for the hope that is in you" (I Pet. 
3:15, NASB). If we expect to be able 
to evangelize effectively, we must 
have a working knowledge of the 
Bible. That means we must invest 
the hours it takes to learn the truths 
of the word of God. 


Another price to be paid for evan- 
gelism is the price of confrontation. 
Those who are lost need more than 
Bible stories; they need to be 
brought face to face with their own 
sinfulness and the demands of a holy 
God. This means spending time get- 
ting to know people, learning their 
needs, and then doing the actual job 
of confronting them lovingly with 
the Bible's answers to their situa- 

This is certainly an emotionally 
demanding task and one fi"ought 
with great risks. The person being 

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confronted may just as easily turn 
against us as accept what we say. 
But there is no salvation without 
repentance, and a person cannot 
repent until he is brought to an un- 
derstanding of his great need. 

The easy way is to present a few 
Bible stories and facts about the 
Christian faith, then walk away, 
hoping that the person will be able 
to make the necessary application 
and praying that the Spirit will 
"convict." But Stephen did not take 
that chance. He made his point clear 
in Acts 7:51-53. The boldness of con- 
frontation is a terribly demanding 
but essential element of all evangel- 
ism. We must pay the price of prac- 
ticing it to be effective. 


The fourth price to pay for evan- 
gelism is perhaps the most demand- 
ing of all — we must love those to 
whom we witness. In Acts 7:60 
Stephen, with his dying breath, 
prays for those who are murdering 
him. His compassion for the lost was 
so great that he was willing to over- 
look even his own death at their 
hands in order to help bring them 
into the kingdom. He was, of course, 
only following the example of his 
Lord. But he teaches us that all 
Christians are to have that same 
kind of compassion for others. 

We spend a great 
deal of time talking 
about how we want our 
churches to grow, but 
we never get down to 
the nitty-gritty of 
actually paying the 
price to reach others 
for Christ. 

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We are frequently unwilling to 
overlook even an insignificant slight 
or minor offense committed against 
us. We carry grudges against others 
and pray not that they will be for- 
given, but that we might get re- 
venge. Perhaps the real reason we 
do not reach more people for Christ 
is that we don't love them very 
much. We are selfish enough that if 
we are certain we will go to heaven, 
we really don't care whether others 
go to hell. As one person told me, "If 
they want to be saved, they know 
where to find the church." These 
were not the words of Stephen! 


A final price we must be willing to 
pay for effective evangelism is the 
willingness to accept the conse- 
quences of our witness. I think that 
these consequences fall into two 
basic categories — good and bad — 
even though the story of Stephen 
shows us only the latter. 

It is true that if we are dedicated 
and effective evangelists, we may 
often pay some harsh and demand- 
ing prices, although in all probabil- 
ity not nearly so harsh as that paid 
by Stephen. Stephen had to give his 
life for his witness. We will more 
often have to endure less dramatic, 
though by no means easy, conse- 

Criticism, ridicule, profanity, and 
perhaps even threats will come our 
way far more often than actual 
physical harm. This is really not a 
very high price to pay for teaching 
the truth of God. But we are often so 
eager to preserve our peaceful way 
of life and to avoid conflict and in- 
convenience that we are not even 
willing to pay so small a price as 
this in order to bring others the good 
news of salvation. 

The other side of this particular 
coin are the "good" consequences of 
our evangelism. Many will respond 
to our invitation to come to Christ. 
But even this is going to place on us 

Stephen's compassion 
for the lost was so 
great that he was 
willing to overlook 
even his own death 
at their hands in 
order to help bring 
them into the kingdom. 

the demands of following up new 
converts. We will have to invest 
time and energy talking with them, 
praying with them, teaching them to 
follow Christ, and just being friends. 
This, too, is a great price to pay for 
effective evangelism — a price too 
few Christians are willing to pay. 

WHY are there not more Stephens 
among us today? Sometimes it 
is because we get the idea that evan- 
gelism is the pastor's job. But more 
often, I believe, it is simply because 
we are not willing to pay the price 
for evangelism. One of George Ber- 
nard Shaw's characters observed, 
"The Jews generally give value. 
They make you pay; but they deliver 
the goods. In my experience the men 
who want something for nothing are 
invariably Christians."* 

But nothing comes for nothing; 
everything has its price. How sad 
that Shaw's observation of selfish- 
ness is about Christians — the very 
people who ought to be the most 
willing to pay the price for what is 

Evangelism was important 
enough to Stephen for him to pay 
the full price. What price are you 
willing to pay to see your neighbors, 
your family, saved? [t] 

*(jeorge Bernard Shaw, Saint Joan 
(1924), Scene IV. 




WHERE has the time gone?" 
Does time depart the scene, 
as the question suggests? Or does it 
simply pass at the same rate it al- 
ways has, while we accomplish far 
less than we should? Time and how 
we use it are very important! 

Paul lists several Christian duties 
in the fourth chapter of Colossians. 
One of the duties he mentions con- 
cerns the use of time. Phillips para- 
phrases the last part of Colossians 
4:5 this way: "make the best possible 
use of your time." 

When we hear the word steward- 
ship, we usually think of the proper 
use of material possessions, spiritual 
gifts, and talents. But an area of 
stewardship we seldom consider is 
how we use our time. 

God gives each of us some of His 
time and holds us responsible for its 
use. I hope the next few paragraphs 
will stimulate you to evaluate your 
stewardship of time. 

The Scriptures clearly teach that 
God is creator (Gen. 1:1), and He has 
placed mankind in the world to be 
stewards of that creation (Gen. 
1:26). The quality of your steward- 
ship depends to a great degree on 
how well you grasp these two princi- 

All time is God's 

First, God is creator and owner of 
all time. The human measures of 
time are seconds, minutes, hours, 
days, weeks, months, and years. But 
from creation until the end of the 
age, every tick of the clock belongs 
to God. 

Unless a person acknowledges 
that God is owner and he is steward, 
he will abuse his stewardship and 

Rev. Waters, pastor of the Burlington, 
Ind., First Brethren Church, is a member 
of the General Conference Stewardship 
Committee and wrote this article on be- 
half of that committee. 

resent any claims God makes on his 
time, deeming such claims unfair. 
He will consider his stewardship of 
time an unbearable burden and ig- 
nore it as much as possible. The per- 
son who does not recognize God as 
the owner of all his time will give it 
to God sparingly and grudgingly, 
and he will expect God to be grateful 
for his "generosity." That kind of 
attitude will reap little or no joy, 
regardless of how much time is 

We are stewards of time 

Second, mankind is God's steward 
of time. In Bible times, a steward — 
usually a slave or servant — was 
a person who managed and admin- 
istered another's property. God has 
given every human being a specific 
block of time to manage for Him, 
and, as many of the parables teach. 
He will hold each of us responsible 
for how well we manage it. 

The person who accepts the fact 
that God is owner and that he or she 
is manager will find great joy in obe- 
dience. Each day this manager will 
take pleasure in going to the Owner 
to inquire how He would like His 
time used that day. Thus for the 
Christian, the management of time 
becomes the management of God's 
time. When tasks pile up and things 
go wrong, all we need to do is stop 
and ask God if we are doing what He 
wants us to do. 

CoUen Townsend Evans has de- 
scribed how this works for her. 
When life gets too harried, she tries 
to stop the merry-go-round with the 
question, "Have I pushed Christ out 
of the center of my life?" 

Bruce Larson suggests that "get- 
ting our marching orders" can make 
the difference. Settling the question 
of whether what we are doing is 
what God wants us to be doing could 
be the greatest single key to our 
management of time. 

by Ronald L. Waters 

The Scriptures also teach us that 
a person's primary purpose for exist- 
ence is to bring honor and glory to 
God. I challenge you to take a few 
minutes of the time God has given 
you and use them to evaluate how 
much honor and glory you bring to 
Him by the way you manage time. 

First, consider your vocation. 
Since all time belongs to Grod, you 
need to be sure that God has called 
you to your job. Only then will you 
be able to enjoy your work and find 
daily fulfillment. At the end of a pay 
period, you should be able to look 
your employer in the eye as you re- 
ceive your check and say, "I have 
done my best for the Master." If you 
are self-employed, the same should 
be true. 

"Settling the question 
of whether what we are 
doing is what God wants 
us to be doing could be 
the greatest single key 
to our management of 

Second, think about how you use 
your leisure time. Are the things 
you do and the places you go for rec- 
reation good for you personally and 
do they bring honor to God? Leisure 
time needs to re-create, to give fresh 
life, to restore you physically, emo- 
tionally, and spiritually. The right 
kind of recreation is necessary and 
brings honor to God. The temple of 
God needs to be kept in good condi- 

Third, how well do you manage 
your "religious" life — that time you 
give consciously to God in "service"? 
This would include the time you 
spend in private and public worship 
and your use of your spiritual gifts 
and talents. Do you consciously 
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Readers* Forum 

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Encouraging Hugs 

It was the summer of '54. I was 
seven years old. My parents registered 
me for my first week at Camp Ship- 
shewana. I'm sure it was as hard for 
them to leave me that first time as it 
was for me to stay. Despite the fact 
that there were over 120 campers with 
me that week, I felt very much alone 
after my parents left. 

As I sat alone on a park bench con- 
templating my mistake in coming to 
camp, I was joined by a warm, happy 
man who started talking to me. Soon 
he knew my name, Jack, my home 
town, Bryan, and he had subtly en- 
couraged me into believing that I was 
going to have a great week at camp. 
He put his arm around me and walked 
me over to where some other children 
were playing. Some introductions 
were made, more encouragement was 
given, and then with a strong en- 
couraging hug — which was to become 
a familiar part of my life — the man 
left me to play with my new-found 

The rest of that evening was full of 
excitement. There were vespers, tribe 
assignments, and campfire. All were 
new experiences to me. Then we re- 
turned to the lodge (the "ole men's 
lodge"), we had devotions — led by 
the kind man who had befriended 
me earlier — and then it was lights 
out. There was general commotion for 
awhile, but finally it settled into 

I lay there in the darkness, my first 
night of summer camp, and after what 
seemed hours alone in the quiet dark- 
ness, I was homesick — I mean really 

It's About Time 

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allow Christ to live through you, en- 
abling you to help others and inter- 
cede for those around you? 

Recently I came across an article 
written by that famous author, 
"Anonymous." A part of the article 
says that someone has figured that 
in the average 70-year life span, we 
use our time as follows: 

We spend three years in educa- 

We spend eight years in amuse- 

homesick! With my eyes filled with 
tears, I worked my way through the 
dark to the man who had befriended 
me earlier. I shook him awake and £m- 
nounced, "I want to go home!" 

The kind man sat up in his bunk, 
sat me down beside him, Eind with that 
now familiar hug of encouragement, 
he gently talked me out of my home- 
sickness. Soon I was back in my bunk, 
off to sleep, and on my way to 
thoroughly enjoying the first of ten 
years of summer cEimp at Ship- 

It was many years later that I was 
to encounter those same hugs of en- 
couragement once again. It was while 
I was a student at Ashland Theologi- 
cal Seminary. The "hugger" was Vir- 
gil Meyer. One day, with that strong 
and confident encouraging hug, Virgil 
asked, "Jack, do you remember that 
night at Ceimp Shipshewana when you 
were so homesick emd I talked you 
into staying?" I assured Virgil that I 
remembered. He continued, "I've 
watched God working in your life over 
these years, and I am thrilled to see 
the way you have grown in your 

Christian life £uid are serving Him." 
Then I received that familiar hug. 

Sometimes it is difficult and lonely 
in the pastorate. Sometimes I feel like 
that fearful, homesick little boy. But 
every time I would return to the semi- 
nary over the past 15 years of my 
ministry, I knew that when I saw Vir- 
gil, I would get one of those confident 
hugs of encouragement. 

I'm going to miss those hugs. But I 
was fortunate enough to receive so 
many and to have them be such an im- 
portant part of my life that I shall al- 
ways remember the importance of the 
ministry of encouragement. It is my 
prayer that I, and all of us, will live a 
tribute to Virgil Meyer by sharing 
with others "encouraging hugs." 

Dr. Jack Oxenrider, Senior Pastor 

Jefferson Brethren Church 

Cioshen, Ind. 

Rev. Virgil E. Meyer died on February 
14, 1986 (see page 22 of the March Evan- 
gelist). Dr. Oxenrider was planning to 
attend the memorial service in Ashland 
on February 17, but when an ice storm 
kept him in Indiana, he used the time to 
write this tribute. 

"Apartheid in Review" 

The February Evangelist was 
again an excellent, thought-provoking 
issue. However, I found the treatment 
of the South African situation by Doug 
Trouten in his article, "Religion in 
Review," to be inadequate. While not- 
ing South Africa's "racial inequities," 
Trouten does not quarrel with Jerry 

We spend six years at the dinner 

We spend five years in transporta- 

We spend four years in conversa- 
tion. (Much too low for some!) 

We spend three years in con- 

If a person attended a 90-minute 
service every Sunday and prayed for 
10 minutes each day, he would be 
giving 10 months to God! 

How is your record? 

Make the best possible use of your 
time (Col. 4:5b, Phillips). [t] 

Falwell's endorsement of P.W. Botha 
as a reformer. Trouten notes that it is 
now "trendy" to oppose apartheid and 
seems to malign South African Bishop 
Desmond Tutu as an opportunist for 
using the platform afforded by his 
Nobel Peace Prize to speak out against 

It is difficult for us as white, middle- 
class evangelicals to understand the 
depths of oppression, inequalities and 
endless poverty which blacks in South 
Africa face. Blacks there cannot live 
where they choose. Their movements 
are controlled. There is only one hospi- 
tal in the black township of Soweto for 
some two million people. In a nation 
with tremendous agricultural and 
economic wealth, 50,000 black chil- 
dren die of hunger each year. Blacks 
who protest these injustices suffer un- 
speakable treatment in prison. To call 
apartheid "ungodly," as Jerry Falwell 
has done, is £in understatement. Aptirt- 
heid is a wicked, oppressive system. 
(continued on next page) 

April 1986 

Readers* Forum 

"Apartheid in Review" 

(continued from previous page) 
Apartheid is a heresy which has been 
justified theologically for too long by 
South Africa's white church. 

There is certainly room for disagree- 
ment about the best way to fight 
apeutheid. I am not convinced that 
economic sanctions are the right ap- 
proach. But it is not helpful for one 
Christian minister to call another a 
"phony," as Rev. Falwell labeled 
Bishop Tutu. 

Bishop Tutu has put his life on the 
line several times to oppose apartheid 
non-violently. In his statements and 
writings I cannot help but heair echoes 
of the New Testament, much of which 
was written either fi-om prison or to 
people suffering intense persecution 
for their faith. Recently, Bishop Tutu 
said to the South African minister of 
law and order, "Mr. Minister, we must 
remind you that you are not God. You 
are just a man. And one day your 
name shall merely be a faint scribble 
on the pages of history, while the 
name of Jesus Christ, the Lord of the 
Church, shall live forever." As we con- 
tinue to pray for a peaceful resolution 
of the injustices in South Africa, let us 

not forget to give thanks for the 
courageous Christian witness being 
made at tremendous personal risk by 
Bishop Tutu and others. 

Jeff Weidenhamer 
St. Petersburg, Fla. 

Acting Responsibly 

Three cheers for the Johnson & 
Johnson pharmaceutical compemy, 
which made the decision voluntarily 
to halt the manufacture and sale of 
all its over-the-counter medications in 
capsule form (costing upwEirds to $150 
million) because seven people died in 
1982 and one in 1986 from taking 
cyanide-laced Tylenol — and it wasn't 
at all the company's fault. I realize 
that it may not be a good business pol- 
icy either to continue the capsules, 
BUT . . . 

Would that alcoholic beverage and 
tobacco companies had similair concern 
and conscience about the deadly ef- 
fects on the millions of consumers who 
use their products — and let that in- 
fluence their justification for further 
production and dis- 

Phil Lersch 
St. Petersburg, Fla. 

New Hope in Haiti 

Many Christians in Haiti see the 
February 6 departure of "President- 
for-Life," Jean-Claude Duvalier, as 
an open door to spiritual renewal in 
their land. 

A month before Duvalier left the 
country, pastors from Haiti's Coun- 
cil of Evangelical Churches issued 
a press release calling for more 
freedom and more help for the poor. 

"The general population knows 
the stand the evangelicals took," 
says Paul Thomas, director of the 
Committee on Development and 
Planning, World Relief Corpora- 
tion's partner in Haiti. "Now people 
are more open to listening to what 
we have to say." 

"Everyone says it was God who 
set us free. Many non-Christians 
say, 'We've trusted in voodoo all 
these years. Voodoo couldn't give us 
liberty. But . . . God has given us 
freedom at last,' " Thomas says. 

— World Relief News Release 

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The following brief article, written by Rev. Henry Bates, pas- 
tor of the Wayne Heights Brethren Church in Waynesboro, Pa., 
appeared in Christian Clippings, a magazine published in 
Hudson, Fla., that prints sermon outlines, poems, children's 
stories, and useful ideas. Rev. Bates also submitted the article 
to the Evangelist, thinking that other Brethren churches might 
benefit from a plan that worked successfully in the Wayne 
Heights Church. 

Several years ago I read in a Christian periodical that a 
recently-conducted poll showed that the average congrega- 
tion in the United States sings 37 different hymns over a 
year's time — even though the average hymnal contains 
approximately 400 different hymns! 

We decided to try to correct this situation in our own 
church by using what we called the "New Hymn of the 
Month Program." On the first Sunday evening of each 
month I picked a h3rmn that I was certain was new to all of 
our members and asked the organist to play the tune of 
that hymn for the congregation. Then the congregation 
joined in singing the hymn. 

On each succeeding Sunday evening of the month we in- 
cluded the singing of the "new hymn" in the order of serv- 
ice, and by the end of the month the people were singing 
the hymn as well as they were singing their old favorites. 
From time to time we would then introduce one of these 
"new hymns" into the morning worship service, and the 
nucleus that had leEimed the hymn in the evening services 
was able to lead the entire congregation in the learning of 

Many of what are now congregational favorite hymns 
were a year or two ago "new hjTnns of the month." A recent 
review of our weekly church bulletins revealed that last 
year the congregation sang 127 different hymns diu-ing the 
12-month period! 


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Brethren W& 

by Marlin McCann 

felt awed and humbled when 
the African landscape began to un- 
fold before my eyes. The red dirt had 
settled on everything after years of 
drought, although rains in 1985 
gave some hope for a better future. 
Why was I in Africa? I was one of 
four men chosen by World Relief 
Corporation (the emergency aid, de- 
velopment assistance, and refugee 
service arm of the National Associa- 
tion of Evangelicals) to see first 
hand what is being done with the 
funds entrusted to this relief organi- 
zation. The other three men — Tom 
Grassano, Administrative Assistant 
of the Church of God, Cleveland, 
Tennessee: Bill Mock, Southern 
Area Church Field Representative of 
WRC; and Tom Johnston, Midwest 
Area Church Field Representative of 
WRC — and I were gone 17 days 

Tiev. McCann, pastor of the Bryan, 
Ohio, First Brethren Church, is chair- 
man of the World Relief Board of The 
Brethren Church. 

(January 30 through February 15, 
1986), traveling 13 days in two 
countries of West Africa: Mali and 
Burkina Faso (Upper Volta). 

We were joined by Miss Dana Ire- 
land, WRC representative based in 
Dakar, Senegal, who served as our 
tour guide and translator, French 
being the primary language. We 
would have been nearly helpless 
without her. What a blessing she 
was to us all! 

One of the things that impressed 
me about WRC is its long-term proj- 
ect involvement. WRC was there 
when the recent food crisis came, 
and WRC is still there with develop- 
ment projects. We saw much evi- 
dence of this in both countries. Let 
me tell you about these projects. 

Well Projects: In the Plateau 
area of Mali, the rock in Dogan Re- 
gion is so hard and deep, a compres- 
sor is needed to dig deeper wells. 
After digging 40 meters or more, 
water is usually found. The people, 
their cattle, and their crops have 
water. Life is sustained. WRC has 

Photo at left: Making the trip to Africa 
were (I. to r.) Marlin McCann, Tom 
Grassano, Tom Johnston, and Bill Mock. 

helped develop some 46 wells in the 
Plateau region. 

In the village of Tourou, near 
Koro (Plains region), 740 people 
live, more than 100 of them Chris- 
tians. A well was financed and dug 
by WRC in conjunction with the 
Christian Missionary Alliance 
Chiu-ch. The well is 140 feet deep 
and still needs to be dug deeper to 
get ample water. Standing by that 
well we watched with excitement as 
the buckets were lowered and water 
brought up! There is enough water 
to grow crops of millet and onions, 
and water to make adobe bricks for 
homes and storage. Christians, Mos- 
lems, and animists work side by 
side, but the village people know it 
was Christian money that financed 
the well. And they are touched by 
our compassion. What a blessing 
and ministry water is! 

Road Projects: Near the town of 
Sangha, Dogan Region, Mali 
(Plateau), the land of Cliff Dwellers 
and the famous Masked Dancers, is 
an amazing road. There are 144 
families involved in building this 
eight kilometer road from the 
Plateau to the Plains, shortening 
considerably the distance the people 
must walk to Koro. The road is 
being built with their hands and 
heads. Metal tools are fashioned; 
rocks are carried to the site, broken 
into pieces, and set in place to build 
up the gaps, which range from a 
depth of several inches to 10-12 feet. 
Once the rocks are in place, a ce- 
ment cap is put on them to keep the 
road from eroding. Cement is costly 
— over $28 per 50-pound bag. In ex- 
change for the work, WRC gives 
each family 50 pounds of grain per 
month. "Food for Work" is a success- 
ful program. These people are hard 
workers and very proud of their 
road! You and I helped build it! 

In Sangha we had a unique ex- 
perience: we stayed in the local 
hotel. The floor of this hotel was 
dirt, the walls were plastered with 
adobe/dung cement, and the ceiling 
was made of thatched straw. Two of 
us shared a room. The furnishings 
were quite sparse — two single beds, 
each with one sheet. That was all! 
Two things I said I would never do: 
sleep without a cover over me and 


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without a pillow under my head. 
That night I tried to do two things I 
said I would never do: sleep without 
a cover over me and without a pillow 
under my head. The "Sangha-on- 
the-Rocks Hotel" was a marvelous 
At Bandiagara, the local govem- 

At right, WRC representative Dana 
Ireland and Mrs. Philippe Ouedraogo 
hold soap made by the women at the 
Assemblies of God Bible School at 
Koudougou in Burkina Faso. Below, a 
successful well and irrigation project at 
the same Bible school. Bottom photo, 
David Dolo (I.) and Pierre Kojo, WRC 
project directors in Mali. 

ment commander told us that 
165,000 people live in 407 villages 
in the Dogan Region of Mali. 
Twenty-three percent of their land 
becomes unusable each year because 
of the encroachment of the Sahara 
Desert. Many people of this area 
died last year. It is not known how 
many died, however, because Dogan 
people never report deaths. We saw 

only one cemetery. The commander 
said that when the United States de- 
livers aid, it is announced over the 
radio, so people know where it comes 
from. Relief and development aid 
began in 1973, and the government 
does not hinder its transportation 
and distribution. Indeed, it is great- 
ly appreciated. 

Garden Projects: In the country 
of Burkina Faso, two sights made an 
impression on me. The first was in 
the village of Saria at an Assemblies 
of God mission. Here WRC financed 
a tractor to plow the hard ground. 
Five acres were divided into four 
sections of gardens with 58 families 
working the site. Nine hand-dug 
wells were attempted. All but three 
were dry, and these three only pro- 
duce one or two buckets of water 
every three hours. 

The cost of digging these wells 
was about $700 each, plus $1,000 
more to deepen them. Money has 
run out and the garden crops — to- 
matoes, onions, sorgum, cabbage, 
and millet — are drying up and 

dying. The pastor was very sad! 
Long-term solutions are needed. 
Pray and give that projects such as 
this can be saved. 

What a different story it was at 
the Bethel Formation Biblique at 
Koudougou, B.F. We saw a real suc- 
cess story at this Assemblies of God 
Bible school. Eighty-five students 
plus their families, totaling about 
850 people, live and study here. 
Thirty wells are providing water to 
beautiful gardens. WRC has helped 
build fences, purchased diesel piunps 
for the wells, and has taught the 
women to make soap and build cook- 
ing stoves that are fuel efficient. A 
small building houses a diesel millet 
grinder that cost $4,000. Philippe 
Ouedraogo, one of the pastors, is ex- 
tremely appreciative of what WRC 
is doing to help his people. 

Even though it is expensive to dig 
a well 25 meters deep and put a ce- 
ment casing in it so it won't collapse, 
the cost of $8,000 per well is a small 
price to pay in order to sustain life 
and maintain dignity. The cost of 
$10,000 each to bring in big equip- 
ment and bore a well in one day is 
expensive, but it must be done. We 
must help. 

Farther down the road we visited 
a school for deliquent boys and 
orphans (street kids headed for 
prison). Eighty-six boys from all 
over the country between the ages of 
9 and 21 live here for three years. 
The school has a 75 percent success 
rate with the boys who return to so- 
ciety. Two of the older boys have re- 
cently gone on to become pastors. 
While in school, the boys are taught 
trades such as welding, tailoring, 
and gardening. WRC funded a diesel 
pump for a garden project. The stu- 
dents aU attend church services 
every Sunday, even though it is not 

Through the hospitality of the 
director and several of the teachers 
and their wives, we enjoyed a tradi- 
tional African meal of rice with a 
meat sauce and roast chicken, which 
was quite tasty. It was also a "de- 
light" to wash our hands in the same 
bucket of cold water before and after 
eating! What a great time we had! 
What friendly, warm people we met! 
There is hope! We are making a 

People like the project directors 
(continued on page 15) 

April 1986 


Brethren World Relief 

Victims Have Names 

by Timothy P. Garner 

Floods in West Virginia claimed 75 
lives and destroyed or damaged 8,200 
homes. Tornadoes ripped through 
several parts of our country. Hurri- 
canes Danny, Elena, and Juan caused 
millions of dollars in damage and 
left numerous victims. 

With the exception of our 
Cheyenne Brethren, few, if any, of 
you reading this article were di- 
rectly affected. Thank God for that! 
But the truth is that some lives were 
totally upset, turned over and 
around by these disasters. 

In the past I responded rather un- 
compassionately to such disasters. 
When I turned the channel following 
the news broadcast, I thought little 
about the fact that the devastation 
and personal trauma continued. 

But this changed when I was 
asked by the World Relief Board to 
attend the Church of the Brethren 
Disaster Response Workshop this 
past February. Through the sharing 
of these dedicated and compassion- 
ate people known as District Disas- 

At times a disaster victim's greatest need is for a sympathetic listener. 

Mudding out after a flood is one of many 
tasks done by disaster relief volunteers. 

ter Coordinators, I was moved to 
tears of both heartache and joy. 

I was touched by the truth that 
the shattered homes I saw on the TV 
screen meant shattered hopes and 
dreams for people. I learned that it 
was the walls of Harvey and 
Louise's church basement that were 
washed away in the West Virginia 
floods. It was Frank's bam that the 
tornado blew down in Niles, Ohio. 
Victims of these disasters have 

The District Coordinators per- 
sonalized the impersonal. They 
caused me to search and ask, "Do I 
have a responsibility to these hurt- 
ing, sometimes helpless people?" 
The overwhelming response of the 
more than 40 disaster volunteers at 
the workshop was a resounding, 
"You bet you do!" It is all because 
victims have names. 

Micah 6:8 says, ". . . what doth the 
Lord require of thee, but to do 
justly, and to love mercy, and to 
walk hiunbly with thy God?" In 
Matthew 25:35-40 Jesus says that 
when we feed the hungry, give drink 
to the thirsty, show hospitality to a 
stranger, visit the sick and those in 

Rev. Garner is pastor of the Walcrest 
Brethren Church, Mansfield, Ohio, and a 
Brethren World Relief Board member. 

prison, we minister unto Him. As we 
serve others, we are serving our 
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

We live out oxir faith when we go 
out of our way to be Good Samari- 
tans to victims who have names. In 
our service, we are the presence of 
Christ to these people. To tell these 
victims that there is hope, that they 
are not forgotten, and that the 
church cares, is a powerful 
evangelistic message. 

You may think, as I did, that the 
government — either State or Fed- 
eral — joins with the R«d Cross to 
meet the needs of disaster victims. It 
does, but only in part. 

Recognizing the existence of 
unmet needs, the Church of the 
Brethren, since the 1950's, has been 
responding to disasters. In 1973, the 
Church of the Brethren Annual Con- 
ference created a structured pro- 
gram to more efficiently organize 
the efforts of volunteers going di- 
rectly to the scene. But even those 
who are unable to be "on-site" vol- 
unteers can watch someone else's 
children, mow someone else's lawn, 
do someone else's farm chores, or 
even chip in on someone else's wages 
so that that person can go to where 
he or she is needed. 

The immediate need in a disaster 
(continued on page 17) 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Brethren World Relief 

Getting the Right Attitude 

As I sat down to write this 
article, I asked myself a ques- 
tion: "What do we need to change in 
order to be more effective in our re- 
lief efforts as a denomination?" 

The more I thought about this 
question, the more I became con- 
vinced that the critical thing we 
need to change is our attitude. 

All of us have seen television spe- 
cials that show long lines of hungry 
people receiving their daily ration of 
rice or whatever else might be avail- 
able that day. Many of us have sim- 
ply turned off the set or changed the 
channel. But the poor will not cease 
to exist simply because we refuse to 
acknowledge them. Closing our eyes 
will not alter the reality of suffering 
for the millions of men, women, and 
children who live in conditions not 
fit for any human. 

If we choose to feel pity, shake our 
heads, and walk away saying the 
problem is too big, then, indeed, 
we can do nothing about it. We are 
beaten before the game begins. 

West Virginia University head 
football coach Don Neilean says that 
during his first year as a head coach, 
all he did was work at improving the 
players' attitudes so that they not 
only believed that they could win 
but went on to the point of believing 
that they would win. Art Beals in 
his new book. Beyond Hunger, tells 
of a sign he saw in a United Nations 
refugee office in Somalia that read, 
"The Refugee Problem Isn't 
Hopeless Unless You Think So!" 

We often approach social issues 
as if we are surprised by human 
cruelty, as if we are shocked by what 
sin can do to the hearts and lives of 
people. It is as if we believe that just 
because we have attended a World 
Relief banquet and felt guilty, or 
just because we watched a television 

Rev. Smith is pastor of the Cameron, 
W.Va., First Brethren Church and a mem- 
ber of the Brethren World Relief Board. 

by Michael E. Smith 

special and saw the starving mil- 
lions and felt pity, we have done our 
part. But pity won't help! We need 
action, not pity. 

In the book I mentioned earlier. 
Art Beals offers what to me is a 
revolutionary idea. I as a Christian 
am not responsible for the fact that 
the person I see on a TV special or 
in a World Relief film is a refugee. 
But God will hold me responsible 
if I don't do all that I can to pre- 
vent that person from remaining a 

Yes, it's true that even if one per- 
son is helped and cared for, another 
will quickly take his place in the 
refugee line. In fact, the one will 
probably be replaced by two more 
who need help. But we must remem- 
ber that just as people starve one by 
one, they can also be helped and 
saved one by one. 

Christians everywhere owe Art 
Beals a great debt because he has 
offered us a positive solution to this 
immense international problem of 

human suffering. We must remem- 
ber that our approach may very well 
make the difference in the outcome. 
When we are faced with the choice 
between feeling pity or compassion, 
Beals reminds us that despair is the 
product of pity, but hope springs 
from a heart of compassion. Pity is 
an emotional response; compassion 
is an action response. 

So we as a denomination and as 
individual Christians are faced with 
a decision. Will we simply feel pity 
and stand lost and confused? Or will 
we, with the compassion of Jesus, 
seek to deal with the problem — 
realizing that we can't solve it alone, 
but nevertheless doing what God 
has equipped us to do? 

"What is it that God has equipped 
us to do?" you ask. I can't answer 
that question for you. I know what 
God has called me to do. One of 
those tasks is to write this article, 
using the gifts He has given me. 
Another is to serve on the World Re- 
lief Board. 

But these are my tasks. Yours are 
different, just as your gifts are dif- 
ferent. Therefore I pray that each of 
you will be in prayer during the 
next few months seeking God's guid- 
ance in what you can do to help get 
that one person out of that long 
refugee line. For that is what we are 
called to do with our gifts. My 
prayers will be with you on your- 
joumey. [t] 

"Into Africa" 

(continued from page 13) 
David Dolo and Pierre Kojo of the 
Plateau and Plains areas of Mali; 
Isadore Songnaba of Burkina Faso, 
along with Rob Solem of Poundou, 
B.F.; their assistants; the agron- 
omists and hydrologists and their 
office help are dedicated, committed 
believers in Jesus Christ. Through 
their efforts and our continued fi- 
nancial involvement, the work in 
Africa will go on. Granted, it is 
much more exciting to give to causes 
of immediate crisis proportion than 
it is to long-term, day -by-day de- 
velopment. Nevertheless, it is my 
hope and prayer that when the news 
media no longer show the starving 
masses of people, that we will not 
forget that the crisis still exists. 
There is much to be done, and our 
African friends need our help to be 

taught and trained to survive. Con- 
tinue to pray and give that FOOD 
THE SOUL is provided. 

I owe a debt of appreciation to 
WRC, the World Relief Board of The 
Brethren Church, and the Bryan 
First Brethren Church for allowing 
me to participate in this trip. WRC 
paid the airfare and all travel ex- 
penses such as rooms and meals, the 
use of a Toyota four-wheel drive 
Land Cruiser and chauffeurs, our 
tour guide and all her expenses, and 
all incidental expenses while there, 
except for souvenirs. Our World Re- 
lief Board covered the cost of film, 
shots, passport, and other incidental 
expenses I incurred. My church pro- 
vided pulpit supply and time off. 
Thank you so very much! I trust 
that this has been an investment 
in World Relief for many years to 
come. [t] 

April 1986 




Here is a listing by districts of the 87 churches sending offerings through oui 

• World 

Relief Board. An asterisk (*) indicates an increase over last year. This amount includes | 

offerings from Woman's Missionary Societies and individuals. 




St. Petersburg 

$ 295 

♦Cerro Gordo 



$ 572 





♦Brighton Chapel 











♦Mt. Zion/Decatur 50 





♦Center Chapel 



$ 718 






♦County Line 




♦Breth. Fellow, i 

savior $ 250 















*Mt. Olive 






*St. James 


♦Hillcrest/Dayton 275 



*St. Luke 


Louisville Bible 






♦Louisville First 






♦Meadow Crest 







New Lebanon 





♦Park Street 




Berlin $1,104 
♦Brush Valley 2,065 
♦Cameron 101 
♦Fairless Hills/Levittown 354 
♦Highland 259 
♦Johnstown II 80 
♦Johnstown III 1,318 

♦Pleasant Hill 




♦Smoky Row 


♦New Paris 
♦North Liberty 


Trinity/Canton 1,175 
♦Walcrest 264 
♦West Alexandria 250 


♦North Manchester 
South Bend 






Main Street/Meyersdale 100 
Mt. Olivet 300 
Pittsburgh 268 



$ 10 




♦Pleasant View 




















♦Northwest Chapel $583 

Ft. Scott 


♦Wa3me Heights 











♦$65,000 was sent to the World Relief Corporation 



of the National Association of Evanglicals 




1. Brighton Chapel, Ind. 



2. St. James, Md. 5,669 

3. Park Street, Ashland, Ohio 2,647 


4. Nappanee, Ind. 

5. Brush Valley, Pa. 


Robert Bischof, Treasurer 

6. Wayne Heights, Pa. 


f.U. Box 117 


New Paris, Indiana 46553 



Waterloo Brethren 
Old-Time Brethren 

Waterloo, Iowa — If you had wan- 
dered into the worship service of the 
Waterloo First Brethren Church on 
Sunday morning, February 16, you 
might have thought that you had 
somehow stepped back in time. 

You would have seen men and boys 
dressed in dark apparel and wesiring 
no neckties sitting on one side of the 
sanctuary, and women and girls wear- 
ing plain clothing, head coverings, and 
little or no makeup or jewelry sitting 
on the other. 

At the front of the sanctuary, you 
would have seen that the pulpit was 
missing and that in its place was a 
table, around which were seated the 
elders and deacons of the church. 

As the service got underway, you 
would have observed that when the 
hymns were sung, no organ, piano, or 
other musical instrument was used. 
And when prayers were offered, most 
people got down on their knees to 

You would also have noticed that in- 
stead of the usual order of worship, 
each of the deacons around the table 
(from the one with the most seniority 
to the one with the least) was "ex- 
tended the liberty" to give a word of 
testimony, preach a sermon, read from 
the Bible, or offer a prayer. And fol- 
lowing each man's contribution, the 
congregation would join in singing an 
old familiar hymn. 

Even the concluding sermon by Pas- 
tor Ljmn Mercer might have sounded 
like something from the past, as he 

Church Conducts 
Worship Service 

A few of the Waterloo Brethren in old- 
fashioned garb. Photo by Gall Hadley. 

spoke on "Non-Conformity to the 
World," a topic not too popular in our 

Well, if all this sounds like a visit to 
the past century, it was intended that 

way. For on Sunday, February 16, the 
Waterloo First Brethren Church con- 
ducted an "Old-Fashioned Brethren 
Worship Service." Using James H. 
Lehman's book. The Old Brethren, as 
a resource, the Waterloo congregation 
tried to pattern this service after a 
Brethren worship service of 100 years 

The idea for the service came out of 
a study the church is doing of "Our 
Brethren Heritage." This study re- 
vealed that there were Brethren wor- 
shiping in the Waterloo area (Black 
Hawk County, Iowa) as early as 1886, 
and that some of their descendants 
now attend the Waterloo First Breth- 
ren Church. In fact, two of these 
descendants — Glade Miller and Ron 
Hoskins — are deacons in the church. 

While this year's "Old-Fashioned 
Brethren Worship Service" was the re- 
sult of the current study of Brethren 
history, everyone liked it so well that 
the congregation plans to make it an 
annual event. 

— reported by Kathryn Lichty 

Mrs. Julia Van Kosky (2nd 
from I.) was ordained a deacon- 
ess and Mr. Phil and Mrs 
Kathy Plain were ordained 
deacon and deaconess February 
16 during the morning worship 
service of the First Brethren 
Church of South Bend, Ind 
Rev. Woodrow Immel (r.), rep- 
resenting the Indiana District 
Ministerial and Congregational 
Relations Board, was the 
speaker for the occasion. Fol- 
lowing his message. Rev. Immel Pholo by Mrs. Wlnnle Walker 

and Pastor Larry Baker (I.) conducted the ordination service. After the service the 
Deacon Board treated the new members and their guests to a meal. 

Victims IHave Names 

(continued from page 14) 
is for volunteers to help remove de- 
bris. But there are other needs as 
well. One largely ignored need is the 
care of children. Through the 
Cooperative Child Care Program, 
the Church of the Brethren is meet- 
ing the physical and emotional 
needs of children by bringing 
trained child care volunteers to the 

Once the paperwork is completed 
and the debris cleaned up, most dis- 
aster agencies leave. But this is 
when hopelessness sets in for disas- 
ter victims. This is when volunteers 
are needed to work house by house 

to rebuild homes and lives. 

"Volunteers! What are they?" Let 
me quote from a presentation by Sue 
Heatherington, the director of the 
Niles, Ohio, rebuilding project: 

Crazy people who sleep on cots in a 
church basement and take showers 
when and if they can. People who are 
happy to travel hundreds of miles to 
enjoy all the latest inconveniences. 
People who laugh and sing and pray 
and work until they're ready to drop, 
for nothing? . . . What happens when 
volunteers come? People [victims] 
who don't have the means or the abil- 
ity or often simply the energy to meet 
their needs, find courage to trust 
someone else .... They realize that 
they are important enough to be 

cared about, and they begin to believe 
in themselves. 

Because The Brethren Church 
does not have a disaster response 
program, we have a tremendous op- 
portunity to increase the effective- 
ness of an already-organized, well- 
administered response network. Be- 
cause of the inspiration I received at 
the workshop, I will be working 
through the World Relief Board to 
organize Brethren volunteers to 
work with the Church of the Breth- 
ren program. Please write to me if 
you are interested in serving our 
Lord by being prepared to help dis- 
aster victims who will need us . . . 
because victims have names. [t] 

April 1986 



Twenty-Six Brethren Youth Chosen 
To Serve as 1986 Summer Crusaders 

Ashland, Ohio — Twenty-six Breth- 
ren young people have been chosen to 
serve in Brethren churches as Sum- 
mer Crusaders during June, July, and 
August, according to the National 
Board of Christian Education. 

One young person will serve as a 
pastoral intern while the others will 
serve on four teams, including two 
educational units, a camp/educational 
team, and a music unit. 

Vanda Funkhouser, a fourth-year 
veteran from Sarasota, Fla., will be 
the captain of the Ed I unit. Third- 
year veterans Jean Moe, Sarasota, 
Fla., and Michael Evans, Lathrop, 
Calif, will assist Vanda. First-year 
crusaders Ryan Gordon, Bradenton, 
Fla., and Rebecca Williams, Roanoke, 
Ind., complete the team. 

The Ed II team will be captained by 
third-year veteran Jennifer Williams 
from Roanoke, Ind. Fourth-year 
crusader Ingrid Beckel, Hillcrest 
(Dajfton, Ohio), and second-year vet- 
eran Kelly Cox, Bryan, Ohio, are also 
on this team. Beginning their crusader 
terms are Lauri Robison, North Man- 
chester, Ind., and Barbara Jenkins, 
Walcrest (Mansfield, Ohio). 

Paul Ritchey, a second-year crusader 
from Park Street (Ashland, Ohio), will 
head the Camp/Ed team. He will be 
assisted by Dominique Hutchison, a 
third-year veteran from Milledgeville, 
111. First-year members include Beth 
Baker, North Manchester, Ind., Grant 

Peace Committee Preparing 
Revised "Resolve for Peace" 

St. Petersburg, Fla. — The General 
Conference Peace Committee is pre- 
paring a revised version of "Brethren 
Resolve for Peace," a document based 
on initial work done two years ago by 
the Jefferson Brethren Church. 

This document will be presented for 
adoption at General Conference. 

The Peace Committee plans to dis- 
tribute copies through two channels 
yet this spring — "Leadership Letter" 
in May and The Brethren Evangelist 
in June — so that Brethren congrega- 
tions and individuals may have an op- 
portunity to discuss and respond to the 
document before General Conference. 

Anyone desiring a copy of this docu- 
ment in advance of these printings 
should write to Phil Lersch, 6301 56th 
Ave., N., St. Petersburg, FL 33709. 

Shoemaker, Northwest Chapel (Tucson, 
Ariz.), and Richard Hubble, Lathrop, 

The Music Team will be led by 
third-year veteran Mark Robison, 
North Manchester, Ind. Other veter- 
ans on the team will be third-year 
crusader Lori Davis, West Alexandria, 
Ohio, and second-year crusaders 
David Webb, Ardmore (South Bend, 
Ind.), and Ann Flora, Park Street 
(Ashland, Ohio). First-year members 
will be Tracy Dillon, West Alexandria, 
Ohio; Jodi CtuTnan, Park Street (Ash- 
land, Ohio); Jennifer Moorehead, 

Muncie, Ind.; Todd Stombaugh, Bryan, 
Ohio; Glenn Black, Park Street (Ash- 
land, Ohio); and Brian Harris, Ard- 
more (South Bend, Ind.) 

Timothy Eagle, a second-year veter- 
an from Park Street (Ashland, Ohio), 
will serve as a pastoral intern in The 
Brethren Church at New Lebanon, 

All of the teams will meet for Intro 
Day in Ashland on April 12. During 
that time they will choose teEun 
names, look at summer itineraries, 
have pictures taken, and work 
through team assignments. Orienta- 
tion Week will begin with Captains' 
Training on June 6-7, followed by a 
week of intensive team training from 
June 8-14. Terms of service for the 
teams will begin on June 15. 

Linwood Church Honors Mrs. Joan Myers 
For Service as Organist/Choir Director 

Linwood, Md. — Joan H. Myers was 
honored by the Linwood Brethren 
Church during a recent morning wor- 
ship service for her more than 20 
years as organist and choir director for 
the congregation. 

During the surprise recognition 
service, several members of the con- 
gregation gave short testimonies in 
her honor, and a letter from her first 
piano teacher, Mrs. Louise Broadwa- 
ter, was read. On behalf of the congre- 
gation, Pastor Robert Keplinger pre- 
sented Mrs. Myers a ceramic musical 
church, a gift certificate, and a silk 
flower corsage as an expression of the 
church's appreciation for her years of 
faithful service. 

Mrs. Myers took her first piano les- 
son when she was six yeais old. She 
completed her formal music education 

at Western Maryland College in 1961. 

In addition to serving as the church 
organist and choir director, Mrs. 
Myers teaches the high school Sunday 
school class, serves on the Pastoral Re- 
lations Committee, and helps organize 
many special events as chairperson of 
the Planning Committee. She and her 
husband James are also deaconess and 
deacon in the Linwood Church. 

In her "spare time," Mrs. Myers is 
an elementary public school teacher in 
Carroll County. Her husband is a 
farmer, as is one of their sons, John 
Mike. The Myers' other son, Jeff, is a 
student at Towson State University 
near Baltimore, Md. 

According to Pastor Keplinger, 
"Linwood Brethren Church is most 
fortunate to have such a talented and 
dedicated member as Joan Myers." 

Choir director and church organist Joan Myers (r.) with the Linwood Church choir. 


The Brethren Evangeust 


St. James Honors Senior Citizens 
As Part of Centennial Celebration 

St. James, Md. — The St. James 
Brethren Church celebrated Senior 
Citizens' Day Sunday, February 23, 
with a carry-in dinner and a program 
honoring the congregation's senior 

Approximately 160 people attended 
the dinner and program, which were 
part of the St. James Church's yesu-- 
long celebration of its centennial year. 

The program opened with several 
special readings, followed by inter- 
views with the children who were pres- 
ent in the audience. The children were 
asked to give their opinions on such 
questions as "How old do you think 
is old?" "How old is your mommy?" 
"What do you like best about grand- 
ma?" and "What do you think is spe- 
cial about older people?" 

Next on the program was a "Parade 
of Pastors," during which the 23 pas- 
tors who have served the St. James 
Church were introduced to the audi- 
ence. The first member of the congre- 
gation was Alice Moats, and the first 
pastor was Rev. J.D. McFadden. Some 
of the other pastors who have served 
the congregation include I.D. Bow- 

man, Joshua Long, Willis Ronk, L.V. 
King, W.S. Baker, D.C. White, Henry 
Bates, Freeman Ankrum, James Naff, 

Church mug was also given to each 
senior citizen present. 

In its ongoing celebration of its cen- 
tennial year, the St. James congrega- 
tion has published a pictorial church 
directory, made commemorative cen- 
tennial plates and bookmarks, and is 
in the process of publishing a church 

The Senior Citizens Choir of the St. James Brethren Church 

James Rowsey, and the current pastor, 
Brian Moore. 

The program concluded with the St. 
James Senior Citizens Choir present- 
ing a musical entitled "Age Isn't 
Really Important." A St. James 

Waterloo Church Pays Spring Tuition 
At ATS for Director of Christian Ed. 

Waterloo, Iowa — The First Breth- 
ren Church of Waterloo surprised Neil 
Hoppenworth during the morning 
worship service on February 9 by pre- 
senting him a receipt from Ashland 
Theological Seminary for 
his spring tuition. 

Hoppenworth serves as 
director of Christian educa- 
tion for the Waterloo con- 
gregation. When the mem- 
bers of the church's Minis- 
try of Christian Education 
learned that he was in- 
terested in attending semi- 
nary at Ashland, they de- 
cided to surprise him by 
paying for his spring tui- 
tion. Then they asked Pas- 
tor Lynn Mercer to present 
the receipt to Neil during 
the February 9 worship 

Neil directs the over-all 
Christian education program 
of the Waterloo Church, 
with special emphasis on 
the youth. He is in charge 

of the Sunday school, children's church, 
and a Wednesday after-school Bible 
school program for youth. His work is 
greatly appreciated by the Waterloo 

history. Other activities planned for 
the year include an ice cream social, a 
Children's Day program, and an old- 
fashioned Communion service. 

The St. James centennial celebra- 
tion will conclude on December 28 
with a Christmas dinner, at which 
former pastor Rev. James Rowsey will 
be the speaker. 

— reported by Mrs. Amanda Moore 

At seminary Hoppenworth plans to 
pursue a degree in Christian educa- 
tion so that he might better serve the 
Waterloo Church. 

— reported by Kathy Lichty 

Pastor Lynn Mercer (I.) presents a receipt from 
Ashland Theological Seminary to Neil Hoppenworth 

for his spring tuition. Photo by Elizabeth Deltz. 

Fred Weber and Ron Wallie were re- 
cently installed as local church elders in 
the Medina Bible Fellowship Brethren 
Church of Medina, Ohio, by Pastor Terry 
Lodico. They replace former elder Chuck 
Tabb, who moved to Midland, Mich., 
and elder Linn Mast, who has taken a 
sabbatical. Photo by Edward Pete. 

April 1986 



Ohio District Conference Holds 
Spring Meeting at Newark Church 

Newark, Ohio — The spring meeting 
of the Ohio District Conference was 
held March 7-8 at the Newark Breth- 
ren Church, the "only round church 
building in The Brethren Church." 

The main conference sessions on 
Saturday were preceded by a Friday 
evening piano and organ concert by 
Rev. and Mrs. St. Clair Benshoff. 

The Saturday morning session 
opened with congregational singing 
and a solo by Rev. Roger Stogsdill, fol- 
lowed by a message by the General 
Conference Moderator, Dr. Warren 

Using Matthew 28:19-20 as his text, 
Dr. Gamer asked and answered four 
questions about Christ's Great Com- 
mission: (1) What are the implica- 
tions? We are to go, make disciples, 
baptize, and teach. (2) Why are we to 
do this? So that people will believe in 
Christ. (3) Where are we to carry this 
out? Everywhere — far away or near 
at hand. (4) How are we to do it? Dr. 
Garner believes that the answer to 
this question was purposely omitted 
by Christ, for the choice of how we 
carry out His Commission is up to us. 
Using his own life to illustrate his 
message. Dr. Garner proceeded to look 
at how events in our lives and the in- 
fluence of others can lead us into 
greater service in carrying out 
Christ's Commission. 

Following Dr. Garner's message, 
Ohio District Moderator John Rowsey 
led the 82 delegates present for the 

conference in the first business ses- 
sion. Business conducted during this 
session included receiving reports 
from the treasurer and statistician, 
electing officers and board and com- 
mittee members, discussing proposed 
amendments to the district constitu- 
tion and by-laws, and receiving re- 
ports from the various district boards. 

According to the statistician's re- 
port, the district had a net gain in 
membership of 392 in 1985 (from 
3,019 to 3,411), despite the loss of 410 
members during the year (319 by re- 
version — roll revision). Average Sun- 
day morning worship attendance for 
the 21 district churches was 2,730. 

Elections resulted in the following 
officers for 1986-87: moderator-elect — 
Rev. William Walk; secretary — Mrs. 
Susie Black; assistant secretary — 
Mrs. Janice Rowsey; treasurer — Tom 
Stoffer; assistant treasurer — Stan 
Gentle; statistician — Russell King. 
The new moderator is Dr. Dale Stoffer. 

The District Board of Christian 
Education reported that a new main- 
tenance building at Camp Bethany is 
nearing completion. It cost $8,000, 
plus an additional $3,000 for excavat- 
ing, repairing the lane, and putting in 
a culvert. 

An alternative to the original plan 
to remodel the dining hall building 
has been approved by the board. The 
plan includes remodeling the kitchen, 
building a new store with laundry 
facilities, and winterizing the bath 

Jefferson Youth Take Over 
Area Restaurant For a Day 

Goshen, Ind. — Senior high youth of 
the Jefferson Brethren Church took 
over operation of a restaurant on 
Saturday, January 25, to raise money 
for a trip to the East Coast in June. 

The Fairway restaurant, owned by 
Don Parcell, serves breakfast and 
lunch and is open from 5:30 a.m. to 
2:00 p.m. daily. The youth, sponsored 
by Pat and Jeryl Hochstedler, Pam 
and Ken Ingold, and Denise and Kerry 
Scott, split into three groups and each 
group worked a three-hour shift, with 
approximately 35 youth participating. 

The youth were involved in all as- 
pects of the restaurant operation — 
from waitress to dishwasher — except 
the cooking, where the owner and his 
son assumed their customary duties. 

Pastor Scott did work a brief stint at 
the grill (reminding him of his days at 
"Stop 250" near Ashland, Ohio), but 
when the crowd began piling in, the 
chief cook again took over. 

The number of customers during the 
day was greater than expected, with a 
large turnout from the church in addi- 
tion to the regular patrons. The youth 
had made arrangements with Mr. Par- 
cell that they would receive the hourly 
wages normally earned by the regular 
employees, plus any tips. Their income 
for the day was over $600. 

This amount was added to other 
money they had already earned to- 
ward their June bus trip to the Ver- 
mont mountains, Boston, New York 
City, and Washington, D.C. Other 
fund-raisers planned include a soup 
and salad bar, a "slave" auction, and 
perhaps a car wash or two. 

— reported by Rev. Kerry Scott 

house and cabins. Approximate cost 
will be $55,000, about $20,000 less 
than the original plan. The board be- 
lieves that much of the revised project 
can be paid for with current funding, 
board reserves, and the current dis- 
trict apportionment, although a tem- 
porary increase in the apportionment 
may be needed at a later date. 

Following lunch, brief board meet- 
ings, and auxiliEiry sessions, delegates 
reconvened to conclude the business of 
the day. They approved two recom- 
mendations from the district executive 
committee — one stating that money 
coming to the district from the sale of 
churches should be assigned to the 
District Mission Board for future mis- 
son churches; and a second directing 
that spring meetings of the conference 
should be rotated between locations in 
the southern and northern sections of 
the district, with all fall meetings to 
be held in a central location. 

Also approved were changes in the 
constitution and by-laws (discussed in 
the morning session) aimed mainly at 
bringing the constitution in line with 
current practices in The Brethren 
Church. Among the changes were pro- 
cedures for forming and recognizing 
classes and mission congregations, 
chtuiging the name of the Board of 
Evangelists to Board of Oversight, and 
modifying the article on the "Call, 
Licensure emd Ordination of Minis- 
ters" as made necessary by the estab- 
lishment of the National Ordination 

The next meeting of the Ohio Dis- 
trict Conference will be held Sep- 
tember 13 at Camp Bethany. 

Medina Fellowship Purchases 
Expansion and Building Site 

Medina, Ohio — The Medina Bible 
Fellowship Brethren Church recently 
purchased 5.3 acres of land adjacent to 
its church property. 

Purchase price of the property, 
which will be used for expansion and 
as the site for a new church facility in 
the future, was $45,000. 

The congregation, which had agreed 
not to go into debt to buy the property, 
was able to pay cash for the land. It 
was assisted in doing so by a grant of 
$13,000 from the Missionary Board 
"Growth Partners Club," for which the 
congregation was very thankful. 

The Medina Bible Fellowship also 
recently completed the addition of two 
Sunday school rooms to the basement 
of its present church building. 

— reported by Edward Pete 


The Brethren Evangeust 


NAE Convention Calls Christians 
To Seek Liberty for All in Christ 

Kansas City, Mo. — "Go . . . Liber- 
ate!" (John 8:32) was the theme of the 
44th annual convention of the Na- 
tional Association of Evangelicals held 
March 4-6 in Kansas City. 

Principal speakers for the conven- 
tion included Argentina-bom evangel- 
ist Luis Palau, U.S. pastors Jack 
Hayford and Stephen Brown, and the 
Honorable Donald Hodel, Secretary of 
the U.S. Department of the Interior. 

Acting on the convention theme, 

delegates adopted a resolution: 

— calling on all Christians to pro- 
claim faithfully the powerful message 
of personal salvation to those enslaved 
by the shackles of sin; 

— calling on all who proclaim this 
message to minister to the suffering, 
the oppressed, the poor, the hungry; 

— calling upon all governments 
guilty of religious, racial, and 
economic oppression to establish civil 
freedom for all their citizens; 

Associate Professor Appointed at ATS 
To Teach Old Testament and Hebrew 

Ashland, Ohio — Dr. David Weston Christian 

Baker has been appointed associate Studies from 

professor of Old Testament/Hebrew at Regent in 

Ashland Theological Seminary, ac- 1973; a Master 

cording to a recent announcement by of Philosophy 

Dr. Joseph R. Shultz, president of Ash- from the Uni- 

land College and Seminary. versity of Lon- 

Dr. Baker currently teaches Old don, England, 

Testament at the University of Dur- in 1976; and 

ban-Westville in South Africa. He will his Ph.D. from 

assume his position at ATS in the fall. the University 

Bom in Toronto, Canada, Dr. Baker of London in 

holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and 1982. 
Canada. He received his B.A. from Dr. Baker is 

Temple University in Philadelphia, a member of 
Pa., in 1970; a Diploma of Christian 
Studies from Regent College, Van- 
couver, B.C., in 1972; a Master of 






Dr. David W. Baker 
the Plymouth Brethren Church and 
served as pastor of the Westminister 
Gospel Chapel in Bumaby, B.C., from 

— calling upon our government to 
press vigorously for human rights, 
particularly religious liberty, in all 

— calling on all Christians to mani- 
fest special concern for Christians liv- 
ing where freedom to evangelize and 
educate is prohibited and to pray 
faithfully for them. 

Also adopted was a resolution con- 
demning apartheid. The resolution 
called apartheid "an affront to a just 
God and . . . contrary to the Bible's 
teaching," and concluded by stating: 
"We lift up to Grod all the peoples in 
South Africa that they might resolve 
their differences by peaceful means in 
a spirit of brotherhood and love. We 
will pray and work for a speedy and 
peaceful end to this injustice in the 
Republic of South Africa." 

1981-83. While in South Africa, he 
served as Elder in Bedford Chapel, 
Johannesburg. He currently attends 
an evangelical Anglican church in 
Durban. He has been actively involved 
in preaching and teaching, and in 
leading home Bible study groups. 

His awards include being chosen a 
1969-70 American Friends of Tel Aviv 
University Scholar; a 1977-78 Canada 
Council Doctoral Fellow; and a 1977- 
79 Tyndale Fellowship Old Testament 
Research Fellow. He has numerous 
articles in print and his first book is 
due for release by Tyndale House Pub- 
lishers this year. 

Dr. Baker and his wife Morven have 
two children, Adam (8) and Emily (6). 

Berlin WMS Women Keep Busy 
With Variety of Activities 

Berlin, Pa. — The WMS ladies of the 
Berlin Brethren Church have been so 
active during past months that they 
could easily be called the "Berlin 
Brethren Busy Bees," according to 
Geneva Altfather, one of their mem- 

In answer to a call for dem- 
onstrators in the commimity fair, they 
prepared a display of canned and 
baked goods. They also quilted a quilt 
that was over 100 years old. The nine- 
patch pieces of this quilt were made 
up of postage-stamp size patches, some 
of which were themselves pieced. 
While most of the women worked on 
this quilt, some of the others knotted 
two comforters. 

Another project of the group was 
making and selling mincemeat. This 
involved the whole process of coring 
and pealing apples, cooking the ingre- 

Working on a 100-year-old quilt are (I. to r.) Clara Brant, Mary Menges, Betty Bird, 
Anna Pritts, Naomi Ferner, Carrie Darr, and Mabel Hepler. Photo by Geneva Altfather. 

dients, packing the mincemeat in The ladies made and sold 197 quarts, 
cans, and selling the finished product. with requests for even more. 

April 1986 





The Brethren Church received 
special recognition for its high level of 
giving to the World Relief Corporation 
(WRC) of the National Association of 
Evangelicals during the NAE Conven- 
tion held March 4-6 at Kansas City. 
Among NAE member denominations, 
The Brethren Church vsras third high- 
est in per capita giving to WRC 
and 12th in total giving (while 25th 
in membership size). The Brethren 
Church gave $65,000 to World Relief 
through WRC in 1985 (see page 16 for 
details of World Relief giving). 

Dr. Juan Carlos Miranda, super- 
visor of Hispanic Ministries and 
Mexico Missions for The Brethren 
Church, was elected to the executive 
committee of the National Association 
of Evangelicals during the recent 
NAE Convention. Dr. Miranda is 
also chairman of NAE's Hispanic 

Mrs. Helen Garber, wife of the late 
Rev. Frank W. Garber, celebrated her 
98th birthday on February 13. Mrs. 
Garber was a very active member and 
worker in the Cheyenne, Wyo., Breth- 
ren Church for many years and con- 
tinues to participate in many of the 
church's activities. 

Bertina Layding and Nellie Knep- 

per were recognized recently by the 
Berlin, Pa., Brethren Church for their 
many years of perfect attendance at 
Sunday school — Miss Layding for her 
59 years of perfect attendance and 
Mrs. Knepper for her 48 years. 

Dr. Robert SchuUer, senior pastor 
of the Crystal Cathedral and the Hour 
of Power television ministry, will 
speak at the Ashland College com- 
mencement on May 10. He will also 
be awarded an honorary doctor of 
humanities degree by the college. 

Youth of the First Brethren 
Church of Ardmore, South Bend, 
Ind., held a "Rock-A-Thon" February 
7-8 to raise money for special projects. 
They rocked in rocking chairs for 12 
hours and 45 minutes and received 
$500 in pledges. Of this amount, $300 

will go to the National BYC proj- 
ect (the Cheyenne, Wyo., Brethren 
Church), with the rest to be used for a 
district offering and for BYC member- 
ship dues. While they rocked, the youth 
learned Bible verses and studied the 
"Romans Road to Salvation." 

The annual Brethren Pastors' 
Conference will be held April 29- 
May 1 at Stonecroft Conference 
Center, Branson, Missouri. "Lesiming 
in the Beauty of God" will be the 
theme of the conference. Cost per 
couple is $125.00 plus travel. 

A Day of Prayer for World 
Evangelization will be observed Sun- 
day, May 18 (Pentecost Sunday). 
Thousands of Christians around the 
world will participate in this special 
time of prayer for evangelization, 
which was initiated several years ago 
by the Lausanne Committee for World 
Evangelization (LCWE). Churches in- 
terested in taking part in this special 
day of prayer can obtain information 
and prayer packets from the LCWE 
International Office, P.O. Box 2308, 
Charlotte, NC 28211. 

The First Brethren Church of 
West Alexandria, Ohio, conducted an 
"Easter Visitation Blitz" on Saturday, 

March 22. Following a Prayer Break- 
fast in the fellowship hall, members set 
out to visit every home in West 
Alexandria and the surrounding com- 
munity in order to invite each house- 
hold to attend Easter services. 

The combined choirs of the Canton 
Trinity, Louisville Bible, and 
Louisville First Brethren Churches 
will present the cantata Alleluia by 
Bill and Gloria Gaither at the Louis- 
ville Brethren Bible Church on Sun- 
day evening, April 6. 

The Pennsylvania District will 
have its annual Men and Boys' Re- 
treat at Camp Peniel on May 16-17. 

Mr. R. Stanley Tam was honored as 
the National Association of Evan- 
gelical's Layperson of the Year at 
the recent NAE convention. Tam is a 
businessman who has committed the 
entire profits from his corporations to 
God. During his nearly 50 years in 
business, he has given millions of dol- 
lars to missionary and Christian work. 
In addition to his business, he carries 
on an active speaking ministry and is 
a dedicated soul-winner. In fact, while 
enroute to Kansas City to receive his 
award, he helped lead a man to per- 
sonal faith in Jesus Christ. 

In Memory 

Harvey L. Ruse, 97, Meirch 18. Member of 
the First Brethren Church of North Man- 
chester. Services by Woodrow Immel and 
Archie Nevins, pastor. 
Nellie L. Pottenger, 83, March 1. Member 
of the First Brethren Church of North 
Manchester. Services by Woodrow Immel 
and Archie Nevins, pastor. 
Eva June Musselman, 89, February 25. 
Member of the First Brethren Church of 
Flora. Services by Alvin Grumbling, pas- 
tor. Mrs. Musselman was corresponding 
secretary for the Flora Church and re- 
ported a number of news items to the "Up- 
date" section of the Evangeust. 
Mrs. Kitty Nordblad, 90, February 24. 
Member for 73 years of the First Brethren 
Church of South Bend. Services by Larry 
R. Baker, pastor. 

Mrs. Gladys Whetstone, 94, February 24. 
Member of the First Brethren Church of 
Flora. Services by Alvin Grumbling, pas- 
tor. Mrs. Whetstone was the widow of 
Elder Sylvester M. Whetstone, who pas- 
tored Brethren churches in Indiana, 
Pennsylvania, and Ohio prior to his death 
in 1954. Mrs. Whetstone served as vice- 
president of the National Woman's Mis- 
sionEuy Society for 12 years and as a 
housemother at Ashland College for 13 
years, retiring in 1968, at which time she 
moved to the Brethren's Home in Flora. 
Oscar Robarge, 79, February 24. Member 
for 46 years of the First Brethren Church 
of Bryan. Services by Marlin L. McCann, 

Willis Gower, 68, February 22. Member 
for 57 years of the St. James Brethren 
Church. Services by Brian H. Moore, 

Rosalie Hoover, 54, February 20. Mem- 
ber for seven years of the St. James Breth- 
ren Church. Services by Brian H. Moore, 

Glenn D. Brown, 77, February 16. Mem- 
ber for 65 years of the First Brethren 
Church of Waterloo. Services by Lynn 
Mercer, pastor. 

Mrs. Erma Davis, 91, February 11. Mem- 
ber for over 50 years of the First Brethren 
Church of South Bend. Services by Larry 
R. Baker, pastor. 


Audrey Tanner to Howard Egelhoff, 

March 21, at the Burlington First Brethren 
Church. Members of the First Brethren 
Church of Burlington. 


Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Benedict, 50th, 

March 25. Members of the Denver, Ind., 

First Brethren Church. 

Phil and Mae Egelhoff, 50th, March 18. 

Members of the First Brethren Church of 


Membership Growth 

Garber: 2 by transfer 

St. James: 3 by transfer 

New Lebanon: 2 by trsmsfer 


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Little Crusader 

Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not iiinder 
them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 19:14). 


The Bible is like a library. It contains 66 books. There are 39 
books in the Old Testament and 27 books in the New Testa- 
ment. The New Testament tells us about the life of Christ, His 
disciples, and the church. 

A Bible Book Message 

Use each clue to help you fill in the name of a book of the Bible. Put the numbered letters in the spaces 
at the bottom to spell out a hidden message. (Answers on page 3.) 

1. We use them in counting. 

2. Three Bible books with the same name. 

3. He was swallowed by a great fish. 

4. Men married to queens. 

5. Men who decide things in court. 

6. The last book of the Old Testament. 

7. Wise sayings. 

8. The first book in the Bible. 

9. The book after Amos. 
1 0. The parts of a play. 




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by Alvin Shifflett 

Bogus Theology of Wealth 

led many a person to believe 
that becoming a Christian guaran- 
tees health and wealth. I wish this 
were true, but it isn't. If it were, 
we'd have people waiting in line to 
join the church. 

The saying, "A child of the king 
ought to live like a prince," is bogus 
theology, to put it mildly. Many 
people, however, like to think it is 
true. And it certainly makes for a 
good message. Unfortunately, most 
of the time the only one living like a 
prince is the messenger. 

Please don't misunderstand me: 
the Bible doesn't condemn wealth, 
just the love of it. The ancient 
church father Chrysostom said, 
"Riches are not forbidden, but the 
pride of them is." 

It's not how much you've stuffed 
into your financial portfolio that 
counts, but what you're doing with 
it. I think that is what Jesus meant 
when He said, "It is easier for a 
camel to go through the eye of a 
needle, than for a rich man to enter 
the kingdom of God" (Matt. 19:24, 
NASB). (One wealthy man asked me 
if that was a one-humped or a two- 
humped camel.) Notice that Jesus 
didn't say it is impossible. 

Money is not evil 

Occasionally you hear someone 
say, "Money is the root of all evil." 
You know they're twisting the words 
of Holy Writ, for money of itself is 
not evil. Money can put a mission- 
ary in Colombia or Argentina, a 
young person through college, etc. 

But to lust after money or to use it 
to commit adultery is evil. 

The call to the rich young man 
was to give up his riches and follow 
Jesus. He couldn't! Matthew Henry 
said, "There is a burden of care in 
getting riches; fear in keeping them; 
temptation in using them; guilt in 
abusing them; sorrow in losing 
them; and a burden of account at 
last to be given concerning them." 

The rich young ruler couldn't give 
up his money because this life and 
its comforts meant more to him than 
Jesus and the life to come. 

Too much money 

Too much money makes many a 
soul rotten. Even a tithe doesn't 
make a dent in a fat portfolio, since 
it's tax deductible. The day may 
come when the tax deduction is re- 
moved; then we'll see who really 
loves God. 

It's quite obvious to me from the 
Scriptures that the more we have the 
more will be required of us. A classic 
illustration of this is the widow who 
gave her last mite. Others had cast 
their offerings into the treasury that 
day. I suspect that some big givers 
had "cast in." But according to Jesus, 
none of them gave like the widow. 
Why is that? The answer is simple — 
she gave all she had out of her pov- 
erty. Her sacrifice made her a para- 
digm of giving. We forever hold her 
up as an example. 

I've heard people say, "I'd rather 
go to hell rich than poor!" They 
mean, of course, that they want to 
be wealthy here and to enjoy life to 

its fullest while they can. The person 
who thinks that way is revealing ex- 
treme shortsightedness, bad judg- 
ment, poor stewardship, downright 
greed, and outright sin. 

I recently heard of a man being 
buried in his Rolls Royce. I have no 
idea what the man thought he'd do 
with his Rolls. If his theology was 
anything like I perceive it to be (per 
his strange mandate), then he was 
in for a hot ride, especially if they 
put gasoline in the tank. I wonder if 
he requested a full tank of gas. 

Unfortunately, poor people also go 
to hell. Some become so embittered 
with their lot that they are blinded 
to the gospel by their lust for mam- 
mon or their envy of the rich. 

I knew some boys in college who 
always scratched a new Cadillac 
whenever they found one parked. 
What made them do it? I suppose 
envy, bitterness. Some of them now 
drive Cadillacs! I wonder if they re- 
member what they used to do during 
their days of poverty as students. It's 
interesting how soon we forget. 

Rich or poor, sin has no bound- 
aries. The devil tries awfully hard, 
no matter where or how you live. 

Martin Luther put it well when he 
said, "Riches are the pettiest and 
least worthy gifts which God can 
give a man. What are they to God's 
word, to bodily gifts, such as beauty 
and health; or to the gifts of the 
mind, such as understanding, skill, 
wisdom? Yet men toil for them day 
and night, and take no rest. There- 
fore God commonly gives riches to 
foolish people to whom he gives 
nothing else." 

We're only trustees 

I came across an interesting 
thought by a man named Joseph 
Hall: "Rich people should consider 
that they are only trustees for what 
they possess, and should show their 
wealth to be more in doing good 
than merely in having it; they 
should not reserve their benevolence 
for purposes after they are dead, for 
those who give not of their property 
till they die show that they would 
not then, if they could keep it any 

When I die, I hope you don't have 
to turn to my ledger to determine 
my wealth. If you do, then I will 
have been no better than the man in 
the Rolls with a full tank of gas! [t] 

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May 1986 
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Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts by Dan L. Lawson 
A five-step method for discovering which spiritual gifts 
God has given you. 

Barriers or Bridges? by William W. Brady 
Philip's evangelistic encounter with the Samaritans forces us 
to consider whether we are building bridges or barriers to 
those different fi-om ourselves. 

An Experience of Christ's Healing Power 6^ Marie Clowdis 
This experience convinced the author that Christ's presence 
and healing power are still available today. 

Brethren Youth Crusaders 

Ministry Pages: 

No Trivial Pursuit! by Mitchell W. Funkhouser 

The Pastor and Youth Ministry by Robert D. Dillard 


Departmen ts 

The Salt Shaker 

by Alvin Shifflett 
Readers' Forum 

2 Update 14 

From the Grape Vine 18 

10 Uttle Crusader Page 19 

10 by Jane Solomon 

"66 in '86" 

Moderator Arden Gilmer's recommendation to the 1985 General Confer- 
ence that Brethren read the Bible through in 1986 has led a number of 
churches and individuals to adopt the slogan "66 in '86" — that is, to set a 
goal of reading all 66 books of the Bible in 1986. With the year one-third 
gone, it's a good time to evaluate our progress and to "consider how we may 
spur one another on" to complete this goal (of. Heb. 10:24). 

One way of "spurring one another on" is to share experiences through the 
pages of the Evangelist. For example, How many people in your church have 
committed themselves to "66 in '86"? What is your church doing to motivate 
members to keep reading? What joys and blessings are you (as a chvuch or as 
an individual) receiving as a result of reading the Bible through? Send us a 
report of your experiences and we will share them with other readers of the 

Answers to Little Crusader Page. 

The Beautiful Attitudes: 1. Poor in spirit; 2. Mourn; 3. Meek; 4. Hunger 
and thirst; 5. Merciful; 6. Pure in heart; 7. Peacemakers; 8. Persecuted. Jesus' 
mountaintop talk was called the "Sermon on the Mount." 

Living the Beatitudes: Rejoice and be glad for your reward in heaven is 

May 1986 

Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts 

Second of three articles on spiritual gifts in the church, by Dan L. Lawson. 

As each one has received a special 
gift, employ it in serving one another, 
as good stewards of the manifold 
grace of God. I Peter 4:10* 

Body of Christ has received a 
spiritual gift from God. Further- 
more, every true function of the 
Body of Christ has a member to per- 
form it, and every member has a 
function to perform. 

These basic truths about spiritual 
gifts were presented in "Equipped to 
Build," in last month's issue of the 
Evangelist (pages 4 and 5). Having 
established these truths, we must 
now take a serious look at how we 
can discover our own personal set of 
spiritual gifts. 

Let us begin by looking first at the 
spiritual gifts mentioned in the 
Bible. Twenty-seven such gifts have 
thus far been discovered. Note, how- 
ever, that this may not be an 
exhaustive list, for God, in His infi- 
nite wisdom, may well have created 
many other gifts which we have yet 
to discover. 

Most of the spiritual gifts men- 
tioned in the Bible are found in 
three key chapters — Romans 12, I 
Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4. 
Other chapters which name spirit- 
ual gifts include I Corinthians 7, 13, 
and 14, I Peter 4, and Ephesians 3. 

Let us begin composing a list of 
spiritual gifts, looking first of all at 
the three key chapters mentioned 

*Scripture quotations are from the New 
American Standard Bible. 

Pastor Lawson serves the Valley Breth- 
ren Church, Jones Mills, Pa. 

above. Note that the words in 
parentheses are variant translations 
of the same word in the Greek text. 
Romans 12 

1. Prophecy (preaching, inspired 

2. Service (ministry) 

3. Teaching 

4. Exhortation (stimulating faith, 

5. Giving (contributing, gener- 
osity, sharing) 

6. Leadership (authority, ruling, 

7. Mercy (sympathy, comfort to the 
sorrowing, showing kindness) 

I Corinthians 12 (those already 
mentioned above are not repeated) 

8. Wisdom (wise advice, wise 

9. Knowledge (studying, speaking 
with knowledge) 

10. Faith 

11. Healing 

12. Miracles (doing great deeds) 

13. Discerning of spirits (discrim- 
ination in spiritual matters) 

14. Tongues (speaking in languages 
never learned, ecstatic utter- 

15. Interpretation of tongues 

16. Apostle 

17. Helps 

18. Administration (governments, 
getting others to work together) 

Ephesians 4 (again without re- 
peating those named above) 

19. Evangelist 

20. Pastor (caring for God's people) 
Other gifts specifically mentioned 

in the New Testament are: 

21. Celibacy (continence) 

22. Voluntary poverty 

23. MartjT-dom 

24. Hospitality 

25. Missions 

To these, C. Peter Wagner, feeling 
that the list is yet incomplete in so 
far as Scripture is concerned, adds: 

26. Intercession 

27. Exorcism^ 

It is important for us to realize 
that the discovery and development 
of spiritual gifts within ourselves 
and our churches will abundantly 
supply every need of the Body of 
Christ, both in evangelism and in 
achieving spiritual maturity. 

During the years since the dra- 
matic interest in spiritual gifts 
swept across the Christian realm, 
many techniques for discovering 
one's personal spiritual gifts have 
been developed. While most of these 
will provide you some help in discov- 
ering your spiritual gifts, one of the 
most effective is The Modified Houst 
Questionnaire, developed and copy- 
righted by the Fuller Evangelistic 

This questionnaire is not a test 
and need not be feared. It is simply 
an exercise to assist you in discover- 
ing your spiritual gifts. It will do 
this in two ways. First, it will help 
you identify gifts which you are al- 
ready using, but which you may 
never have thought of as spiritual 
gifts. And second, this questionnaire 
will also reveal gifts that may be 
hidden just below the surface and 
which need some development. Most 
believers are surprised at the gifts 
they discover, and also amazed at 
the fact that God would give them 
such an important mission. 

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Before taking the actual steps to 
find your spiritual gifts, four funda- 
mental prerequisites need to charac- 
terize your life. Omit any one of 
these, and you will have a very dif- 
ficult, if not impossible, time discov- 
ering your gifts. 

First, you have to be a Christian. 
God only gives His spiritual gifts to 
true members of the Body of Christ 
(Christians). Those who do not be- 
lieve in Jesus Christ as Savior and 
who have not made a wholehearted 
commitment to Him and His church 
will, in fact, possess no spiritual 
gifts whatsoever. 

Second, you have to be open to 
spiritual gifts. Most Christians who 
do not know of spiritual gifts have 
simply never been taught, while 
others have turned away out of fear 
of the supernatural. When the 
church remains true to scriptural 
teaching on spiritual gifts, no true 
believer, having heard these teach- 
ings, will remain without God's 

Being open to spiritual gifts is a 
matter of faith. You must believe 
that God has given you a spiritual 
gift before you can begin the process 
of discovering it. In order to discover 
your spiritual gift, you must have a 
sense of thankfulness to God that He 
has given you a gift and a sense of 
joyful anticipation about uncovering 

Third, you have to be willing to 
work. "Ask, and it shall be given to 
you; seek, and you shall find; knock, 
and it shall be opened to you" (Matt. 
7:7). Discovering your spiritual gifts 
is a task that God needs to help you 
accomplish. God has given you one 
or more spiritual gifts for a reason. 
He has a job He wants you to do in 
the Body of Christ, a specific job that 
He has equipped you to do. He 
knows whether you are serious 
about working for Him. If He sees 
that you want to discover your spir- 
itual gifts "just for kicks" or because 
it is the "in thing to do," you cannot 
expect Him to help you. 

God will help you, however, if you 
promise to use your spiritual gifts 
for His glory and for the welfare of 
the Body of Christ. Recognize the 
fact that God knows what is best for 
you. Be open to what He wants you 
to do. 

Fourth, you have to pray. "But if 
any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask 

of God, who gives to all men gener- 
ously and without reproach, and it 
will be given him" (Jas. 1:5). Pray to 
God earnestly for His guidance 
while you seek His spiritual gifts 
within you.* 

Discovering Your Gifts 

C. Peter Wagner in his book Your 
Spiritual Gifts Can Help Your 
Church Grow describes a five-step 
method for discovering your per- 
sonal set of spiritual gifts^. They 
may be referred to as the five E's. 
They are as follows: 

Explore the possibilities. 

Study the Bible thoroughly. Seek 
out the passages on spiritual gifts 
and ask for pastoral guidance. Also 
learn your church's position on spir- 
itual gifts. Not every denomination 
nor every congregation within a de- 
nomination will agree on the subject 
of spiritual gifts. Therefore, in order 
to work effectively within the Body 
of Christ, you must be prepared to 
work within the teachings of that 
particular group of believers. 

List all the spiritual gifts that God 
has made available to you, then: 

Experiment with as many as you can. 

Ray Stedman says, "You discover 
a spiritual gift just like you discover 
a talent."® We should note, however, 
that spiritual gifts are distinctly dif- 
ferent from God-given talents such 
as singing, athletic ability, etc. 
Nevertheless, just as you would 
never know that you had a talent for 
singing if you never tried, even so 
you will never know that you have a 
spiritual gift unless you seek to use 

If God has truly given you a spirit- 
ual gift, you will be successful when 
you experiment with that gift. Usu- 
ally, discovering gifts does not come 
easily. Give each gift a fair try. Let 
your success be an indicator of your 
spiritual gifts. 

Examine your feelings. 

Findley Edge says that a Chris- 
tian who finds Grod's calling through 
his or her spiritual gifts gets a 
"eureka feeling." That means that 
the person says, "This, really, is 
what I would rather do for God than 
anything else in the world.'" When 
you discover the spiritual gift niche 
that God has created just for you. 

you receive an inward peace that 
passes all understanding. In addi- 
tion, believers should feel "turned 
on" to the work they are doing for 
God because they have discovered 
their place with Him. 

Evaluate your effectiveness. 

Since spiritual gifts are task- 
oriented, it is not out of order to ex- 
pect results. If God has given you a 
gift. He has done so because He 
wants you to accomplish something 
for Him. Therefore, evaluate the de- 
gree to which you are accomplishing 
the required task. "When true gifts 
are in operation, whatever is sup- 
posed to happen will happen."^ 

Expect confirmation from the Body. 

If you think you have a spiritual 
gift and are trying to exercise it, yet 
no one else in the church recognizes 
that gift at work in you, the chances 
are you do not possess that particu- 
lar gift. We can expect the Body 
to recognize and confirm the effec- 
tiveness of our God-given spiritual 

We need to realize, however, that 
if the rest of the Body can identify a 
particular gift in you, then they can 
justly expect you to use that gift for 
the glory of God and the work of the 
church. The danger at this point is 
that the church will project a gift 
upon one of its members simply be- 
cause certain members wish that 
gift to be in the Body. 

Some of your gifts may be dor- 
mant against God's will. You may 
have a gift that you are supposed 
to be using but are not. Let us 
remember what Paul wrote to 
Timothy: "Do not neglect the spirit- 
ual gift within you . . ." (I Timothy 

Be the someone special God wants 
you to be by discovering and using 
your spiritual gifts. [t] 

'C. Peter Wagner, Your Spiritual Gifts Can 
Help Your Church Grow (Regal Books, 1979), 
p. 40. 

nbid., p. 73. 

'Both a leader's guide and student workbooks 
can be ordered from Fuller Evangelistic Associa- 
tion, Box 989, Pasadena, CA 91102. 

^Wagner, pp. 113-115. 

^Ibid., pp. 116-131. 

^y C. Stedman, Body Life (Regal Books, 
1972), p. 34. 

'Findley B. Edge, The Greening of the Church 
(Word Books, 1971), p. 141. 

'Wagner, p. 127. 

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Evangeiistic Encounters in the Book of Acts. -J^. -"^y^ 








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Drawing by J Howard Mack 

Barriers or Bridges? 

"/^LASS, we have a new student," 
\j my fifth grade teacher an- 
nounced. Children bustling about 
putting away their belongings in 
preparation for lunch suddenly 
halted all activity and eyed the in- 
truder curiously. "Her name is 
Becky, and we welcome her to our 
class," Miss Gale continued to closed 

Becky was neat in appearance, 
well-groomed, and even stylish to 
the untrained eye. Her notebooks 
seemed new and of good quality. But 
all that was ignored, for her name, 
her appearance, her shy demeanor 
were all less significant than one 
all-important fact: Becky was black! 
For the first time a black student 
had been enrolled in our all-white 
suburban elementary school, and 
the silent reaction of our class re- 
vealed our astonishment. 

Miss Gale looked around the room 
and spotted the empty desk next to 
mine. "Becky, why don't you take 
the seat right there?" she said, 
pointing to the vacant desk on my 
left. I thought I would die! The first 
black student, and she had to sit 
next to me! 

Becky came over and sat down at 
the desk adjacent to mine. I im- 
mediately began to scoot as far away 
as I could fi-om that (in my mind) 
now-contaminated desk. I wanted 
nothing to do with this girl. I began 
erecting an invisible barrier be- 

Rev. Brady is pastor of the College 
Corner Brethren Church near Wabash, Ind. 

By William W. Brady 

tween myself and this uninvited per- 

Kids can be brutal, and we were 
no exception. No one spoke to Becky. 
She ate lunch alone. At recess, she 
played alone. If she went to the 
swing sets, everyone left. She was 
not allowed in our kickball games or 
any other team activity. She was left 
alone in every instance. 

As for me, I suffered a different 
agony. I received plenty of razzing 
from my classmates for the dubious 
honor that had been bestowed upon 
me. Gloom and despair settled upon 
me with each passing day. I dreaded 
school, the put-downs by my peers, 
and most of all, sitting next to my 
neighbor, to whom I had yet to 
speak. Weeks passed, and even 
though I had to sit next to Becky, 
the barrier separating us was wide, 
high, firm, and strong. Each day I 
added a bit more to this barrier, 
which I had built against this new 

Barriers are nothing new 

Barriers between people are noth- 
ing new. From the beginnings of his- 
tory, people have faced segregation, 
separation, isolation, or social class- 
ification. Every nation has estab- 
lished its own "in group" of people as 
well as its "outsiders." While the ex- 
cuses for such barriers are many and 
varied, they boil dowTi to one: Bar- 
riers are built to avoid people who 
are different. 

Even the Bible does not hide prej- 
udice, and perhaps none was more 

blatant than the prejudice the Jews 
had for the Samaritans. For cen- 
turies the Jews and the Samaritans 
were neighbors. Yet a self-respect- 
ing Jew would walk miles out of his 
way to avoid passing through 

Samaritans were hated during 
New Testament times because 700 
years earlier they had intermarried 
with people who were forced into 
their territory by the conquering As- 
s3Tians. Also, their religion was 
tainted with idolatry, legend, and 
superstition. Samaritans were only 
part Jew — half-breeds — and 
therefore were deeply hated by the 
Jews for "selling out" their heritage. 

The barriers between Jew and 
Samaritan were firmly in place by 
the time the church arrived on the 
scene. Jesus told His followers that 
they would be His witnesses in 
Samaria, but at that time even the 
disciples probably had their doubts. 

As the church developed, the 
Samaritans were no problem. The 
church at Jerusalem grew imder 
the leadership of the Apostles. 
Thousands were added to the church 
and little effort was made to reach 
beyond the borders of the capital 

But when Stephen was stoned to 
death by the Jewish authorities and 
Saul began his persecution of the 
church. Christians began to flee for 
their lives. And as they fled, they 
spread the message of the gospel. 
The Bible says, "Therefore, those 
who had been scattered went about 

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"Acts 8 suggests four keys that enabled Philip to destroy barriers and 
to share Christ in Samaria successfully. " 

preaching the word"* (Acts 8:4). 
Often it takes persecution or disas- 
ter to make the church face up to 
God's expectations of His people. 

Even as the believers scattered, it 
is doubtful that many headed to- 
ward Samaria because of entrenched 
hatreds. We must remember that 
barriers work both ways, and most 
people of Jewish descent, whether 
they were Christian or not, were un- 
likely to receive a brass-band wel- 
come in Samaria. 

Philip: a bridge-builder 

It would take a great deal of effort 
to destroy seven centuries of hatred. 
The man who accepted that chal- 
lenge was Philip. 

Philip was a layman and a serv- 
ant in the church. When a complaint 
arose concerning food deliveries to 
certain widows, he was one of seven 
men chosen to oversee this task. His 
outstanding attributes were wisdom, 
a good reputation within the church, 
and the fact that he was filled with 
the Holy Spirit (Acts 6:3). As the 
Holy Spirit worked in his life, Philip 
also manifest a gift for evangelism. 
Even the death of his fi"iend, 
Stephen, did not lessen his resolve to 
share the gospel. 

When persecution broke out in 
Jerusalem, Philip went to Samaria. 
There he faced the distrust that 
had built up over the centuries. 
Acts 8 suggests four keys that en- 
abled Philip to destroy barriers 
and to share Christ in Samaria 

Recognize the value of individuals 

The first key to destroying bar- 
riers to evangelism is to recognize 
the value of individuals. Often, 
we are content to evangelize those 
who are just like us. Those differ- 
ent from us are ignored, with the 
rationalization that God is not in- 
terested in such people and that 
they are not needed in His family. 
But in the eyes of the Lord, all per- 
sons are of equal value. The Bible 
says, "The Lord is . . . not wishing 

*Scripture quotations are from the New 
American Standard Bible. 

for any to perish but for all to come 
to repentance" (II Pet. 3:9). Jesus 
gave His life for all people, not sim- 
ply those who have a certain color 
skin or a particular racial back- 

Some years ago, when the hippie 
lifestyle was popular, I told a church 
group about a California church that 
was attended each Sunday by a 
number of college students who 
came with their Bibles, beards, long 
hair, blue jeans, and bare feet. These 
young people always sat on the floor 
right in front of the pulpit, where 
they studied God's word. Following 
the talk, one person came to me and 
said, "I sure hope nothing like that 
happens in our church. It would 
mess up our carpet." 

If the church is ever to effectively 
reach people for Christ, we must rec- 
ognize that in the eyes of God, 
people are more important than 
rugs. Christ died for all sinners, no 
matter how different they are from 
us. As Philip entered Samaria, he 
saw that clearly. 

Preach Christ 

The second key to breaking down 
barriers is to preach Christ. Acts 
8:5 is clear: "And Philip went down 
to the city of Samaria and began 
proclaiming Christ to them." Philip 
did not proclaim the church, its visi- 
tation program, missionary budget, 
youth ministry, fellowship hours, or 
senior citizens services. He simply 
proclaimed Jesus. 

Too often, our evangelistic efforts 
are designed to invite people to 
church services, not to Christ. We 
complicate our message with rules 
and regulations, some not scriptural, 
instead of presenting the simple 
message that confounds the wise 
and comforts the hurting. Our mes- 
sage must be that which Paul pro- 
claimed to the Corinthians: "For I 
determined to know nothing among 
you except Jesus Christ, and Him 
crucified" (I Cor. 2:2). 

The Samaritans would have never 
accepted the Jewish brand of Chris- 
tianity. But the plain and simple 
message of Christ found a home in 

hungering hearts. As more and more 
Samaritans found hope in Christ, 
miracles occurred and barriers 
began to crumble. 

Withstand opposition 

Usually barriers do not come 
dowTi without a struggle. Whenever 
the name of Jesus Christ is pro- 
claimed, there will be opposition. 
But the third key to breaking down 
barriers to evangelism is to with- 
stand opposition. 

Shortly after the arrival of Philip 
and the victorious effects of his 
preaching, Simon makes an entry. 
Acts paints an interesting picture of 
this man: "Now there was a certain 
man named Simon, who formerly 
was practicing magic in the city, and 
astonishing the people of Samaria, 
claiming to be someone great ..." 
(Acts 8:9). Obviously, Simon was a 
legend in his own mind. He had also 
captured the attention of the people 
(8:10). With such popularity, he was 
not about to surrender his position 
of power without a struggle. He 
proved to be a problem in the fledg- 
ling mission. Fortunately, Simon be- 
came a believer (8:13), but even so 
he continued to keep an eye out for 
ways to benefit himself 

For those who struggle to do the 
work of the Lord, especially evangel- 
ism, opposition is often intense. 
Satan never allows the church free 
reign to bring unbelievers to salva- 
tion. Sad to say, he is even able to 
use Christian people to hinder ef- 
forts in evangelism. He finds believ- 
ers who are unwilling to cross bar- 
riers to wdtness or who are unwilling 
to accept as Christians those who 
are different from themselves, and 
he uses these to hamper God's work. 

Nevertheless, despite strong op- 
position, Christ has called us to wit- 
ness (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 1:8), and 
to endure (Matt. 24:13). We can 
leave our opponents to Him. 

As the news spread concerning the 
revival in Samaria, the Jerusalem 
church sent Peter and John to inves- 
tigate. If Philip had been like many 
Christians, he would have been of- 
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fended. He might have quit the 
church or tried to get Peter and 
John ousted for interfering in his 
work. After all, he had done all the 
hard, preliminary work and had bro- 
ken down the entrenched barriers. 
Now Peter and John appear on the 
scene, and it is through them that 
the Holy Spirit is imparted to the 
Samaritan converts (8:17), providing 
these growing believers a new 

Minimize self 

Throughout all this, however, 
Philip remained faithful, for he 
knew of the fourth key to obliterat- 
ing barriers, and that is minimize 
self. John the Baptist understood 
this principle well when he defined 
his relationship to Jesus by saying, 
"He must increase, but I must de- 
crease" (Jn. 3:30). Philip had done 
excellent work in Samaria, but in- 
stead of having a negative, self-cen- 
tered response to the coming of 
Peter and John, he was heading to- 
ward his encounter with an Ethio- 
pian eunuch. 

Minimizing self can be best de- 
fined by the maxim, "Anything can 
be accomplished as long as no one 
cares who gets the credit." Philip de- 
sired no credit or applause. Servants 
like Philip do not need their names 
in the bulletin. 

Breaking down well-entrenched 
barriers is never easy. For two 
months I ignored Becky, and 
throughout that time I hated school. 
Then one day, in the midst of a 
game of hide-and-seek, as I headed 


toward my "guaranteed-unflndable- 
never-fail-hiding-place," I heard sob- 
bing in the distance. When I investi- 
gated, I saw Becky leaning against a 
tree, face covered and crying. 

At that moment, I did not see the 
first black student in the history of 
Woodley Knoll Elementary School. 
Instead, I saw a very lonely girl. It 
dawned on me that I played a part 
in her loneliness. She sat next to me 
in class, and I never put forth any 
effort to make her feel welcome. 

That day on the playground, I 
spoke to Becky for the first time. It 
was an awkward encounter because 
of the months of distrust. Yet 
through that effort, the barrier be- 
tween us began to crumble. Becky 
and I became friends. Through those 
efforts, she was accepted as a mem- 
ber of the class and included in our 

When that happened, the dread 
and stress that I had experienced 
each school day passed, and school 
was fun once again. (Well, as fun as 
school can be!) Face it, building bar- 
riers is more difficult than making 

BRETHREN, we, like many be- 
lievers today, have fallen into 
the trap of building barriers. Bar- 
riers of distrust, prejudice, hatred, 
tradition, wealth, and of many other 
kinds have prohibited us from doing 
the one thing God has called us to do 
— be His witnesses. We bear the 
stress and pain of calloused hearts 
that for too long have been held cap- 
tive by seemingly invincible bar- 
riers. Yet, all the while, God is look- 
ing for a few Philips to appear and 
gently take the Good News of Jesus 
to a waiting world. 

It took persecution to get the early 
church to carry out the evangelistic 
effort that God desired for His 
people. God will use whatever 
means necessary to get His message 
to a lost world. And Brethren, if we 
will not accept that challenge, God 
will use someone else and leave us 
captives inside our barriers. The 
choice is ours. Will we build barriers 
or bridges? [t] 

Of Chri 

By Marie Clowdis 

/ tell you most solemnly, whoever 
believes in me will perform the same 
works as I do myself, he will perform 
even greater works, because I am 
going to the Father. Whatever you 
ask for in my name I will do, so that 
the Father may be glorified in the 

John 14:12-13 
The Jerusalem Bible 

IT was an unusually balmy, spring- 
like day for the last week of 
March 1968. Our family had re- 
cently moved into our "new" 100- 
year-old home in Oakville. Winter 
had held us captive in the house 
long enough. Tanya, age 17 months, 
Jay, age 3V2, and I had spent all day 
in the yard. They had played while I 
raked and removed the debris that 
had collected during the fall and 
winter months. 

The arrival of the school bus and 
our other two children, 8-year-old 
Cindy and 6V2-year-old Robin, 
alerted me to the fact that I'd be- 
come so absorbed in the yard work 
that I'd neglected to start dinner on 
time. Oh well, hot dogs were quick 
and one of the kids' favorite meals. 

While waiting for the hot dogs to 
come to a boil, I went into the living 
room to talk to my husband, Gorden. 
He had just come home from work at 
the Farmer's Elevator. In a matter 
of a few short minutes, our quiet 
conversation about the day's events 
was broken by screams from our 
four children in the kitchen. 

Tanya, hungry from playing out- 
side in the fresh air, had grown im- 
patient and decided to help herself 
to the hot dogs, which by then had 
come to a rapid boil. The pan of 
scalding water emptied itself on her 
face, neck, and chest. 

Mrs. Clowdis is a member of the First 
Brethren Church of Oakville, Ind. 

The Brethren Evangelist 


's Healing Power 

Cindy instinctively had already 
pulled off the white sweater Tanya 
wore, when Gorden came through 
the doorway and began pulling off 
her corduroy shirt so quickly that 
buttons flew across the room. Next 
came the little white tee shirt, it, 
too, wet and steaming. 

A neighbor from across the street, 
hearing the commotion, came 
through our front door as we were 
wrapping Tanya in a clean sheet. I 
sat rocking our crying baby back 
and forth on my lap, trying to soothe 
away the pain. While assuring me 
that everything would be all right, 
the friend removed the curlers that 
I'd placed in my hair early that 
morning. Her husband, a county 
policeman, came home as we were 
going out the door, and he ushered 
us into his car. Within minutes, we 
were inside the emergency room at 
the hospital. 

The emergency room doctor and 
nurses seemed cool and brisk. 
Perhaps the sight of Gorden in his 
dusty work clothes and me in my 
soiled jeans, flannel shirt, and rum- 
pled hair created a negative image 
in their minds. The expression of 
"negligent parents" written on their 
faces and in their tone of voice made 
my already unbearable guilt even 

When I heard the doctor instruct 
the nurses to admit our crying baby, 
my heart sank. I had prayed they 
would treat her and then we'd all be 
on our way back home. The doctor's 
caustic parting words rang in my 
ears: ". . . if she lives." There had 
been no doubt in my mind that it 
was a serious injury, but the idea 
that it might be life-threatening 
never occurred to me until that mo- 

They moved Tanya into a room, 
and then the charge nurse informed 
me that I would not be permitted to 
stay with her through the night. The 

May 1986 

thought that I was expected to sim- 
ply walk away from my baby's side, 
believing she might die during the 
night, was almost more than I could 

While Gorden returned home to 
comfort the other children, I stood in 
Tanya's room, crying and praying 
that God wouldn't let our precious 
baby die. As I did so, some men 
appeared at the doorway. 

Since we had not yet become regu- 
lar in attendance at the Oakville 
Brethren Church, it's not surprising 
that I only barely recognized the 
men in the doorway as men I'd seen 
at the church. They were trying to 
convince the nurse to let them enter 
Tanya's room. This woman, who 
wore a white nurse's uniform but 
who resembled a Marine drill ser- 
geant, asked if one of these men was 
my minister. Eagerly, I answered, 
"Yes!" She begrudingly gave them 
admittance, telling them curtly they 
had "only a few minutes!" 

A recent picture of Tanya (now 19) 
holding a pink rabbit given to her when 
she came home from the hospital in 1968 
by her nursery teacher at the Oakville 
First Brethren Church. It became 
Tanya's favorite toy. It now sits on the 
mantle in her bedroom, where it is a con- 
stant reminder of the love lavished on her 
not only by the Oakville Brethren, but by 
her Lord and Savior. 

A smiling Tanya, just a few months 
after she was burned. 

I saw three men enter the dimly- 
lit room and stand across from me 
beside Tanya's bed. I can't re- 
member what was said, only that 
they — and I silently with them — 
prayed that God would heal this 
child. Then, all too quickly, they 
were gone. 

My pleas to be allowed to remain 
with Tanya were to no avail. A uni- 
formed security guard escorted me 
to the front lobby. The twenty- 
minute drive through the dark coun- 
tryside seemed to take an eternity 
as I traveled home, continuing to 
plead with God to watch over Tanya 
and to forgive me for allowing such 
a terrible thing to happen to her. 
* * * 

At eight o'clock the next morning, 
I could hardly believe what my eyes 
beheld, as I entered Tanya's room! 
The third-degree burns on her face 
were gone. Not one trace of the blaz- 
ing red skin, which had been so 
prominent just hours earlier, re- 
mained. Only clear, soft, white skin. 
Her neck and shoulder were the only 
areas that would wear the scars of 
that boiling water. She was not only 
alive, but healed. 

It wasn't until after Tanya's re- 
lease from the hospital that we 
learned the identity of the men who 
had prayed over Tanya that first 
night. It was Deacon Richard Smith 
and Deacon Jerry Covington. 

"But who was the third man?" I 

"What third man?" they replied. 

"There were three men. I saw 
them," I said. 

Dick smiled. "Yes, I believe you 

Do you suppose? Was it really 
Him? [t] 


Readers' Forum 

A column in whicli readers can share their thoughts and vieivs i¥ith the Brethren. 

A Renewal of Life! 

Dear Editor: 

In the February issue of the Evan- 
gelist, you innocently asked [p. 3], 
"Has anything interesting or news- 
worthy happened in your church re- 

Yes, something very exciting, yet 
unnameable and elusive, is happening 
to many in our church. Outwardly, we 
are growing in numbers, in giving, in 
activities. The new people, the young 
people seem eager and happy, and I 
am grateful for them. 

But it is not of them I wish to speak. 
It is of the longtime Christian who has 
seen his misfortune become fortvme, 
who has fought the good fight, who 
has seen everything twice, who has 
come to a deep knowledge of life and 
found it good, who grows younger 
every year as he or she becomes aware 
intensely of the wonder and miracle of 
the gift of life God has so generously 
given us. 

CbtdtuucUi) (d 

Years are but numbers to us. Time 
has no hold upon us, and so we are ex- 
periencing a new dimension of living. 
When a man sighs that the age of 
miracles is past, we smile. We see 
nothing but miracles! Of course, we 
have our aches and our pains. But as 
my grandmother once said to me, "My 
aches? They're company for me!" 

I first noticed this subtle chamge 
in our older Christians one Sunday 
morning in our Sunday school class. I 
knew as soon as I entered the room 
that something was different, but I 
knew not what. It was in their song, in 
their comments, in their prayers, and 
on their faces. It was not a tangible 
thing, but it was real, and its presence 
has continued to affect me. 

As we began to study the Scriptures, 
I had a sense of joy and elation. I al- 
most became a rip-roaring Pentacostal 
on the spot! The electricity in the air 
recharged our spiritual batteries. 

Since that 
first time, the 
spirit has grown 
within us, and 
that has given 
us freedom to 
become more 
loving, more 



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as They Are 

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concerned than we have ever been. 
That man's joy or success, that 
woman's problem has become "our" 
joy, "our" problem, "our" prayer. Thus, 
we have been able to reach out to 
others as we have not done before. We 
are united in spirit and in life. In fact, 
that is what the members of this group 
are experiencing — a renewal of life! 

Many of us in that class have been 
longtime friends, but we are more 
than that now. It is indeed a blessing 
come late in life. God never runs out of 
gifts for every age. But when I was 
younger, I was too busy exploring life. 
Now, I am living it, one day at a time, 
and my cup runneth over. 

We, in our class, all of us know well 
the fellowship of His suffering, but we 
live it now in the power of His resur- 
rection. And that has made all the dif- 

He has given us a new vision, a new 
hope, and oui harvest years are rich 
and far beyond our expectations. This, 
then, for many of us is a new Ordina- 
tion, a new Baptism, a new Fellow- 
ship, a new Sermon, £md we are well 

Winifred Millat 

Hillcrest Brethren Church 

Dayton, Ohio 

A Little Bit of Heaven 

The Vinco Brethren Laymen held their regular monthly 
meeting Tuesday evening, March 11, 1986, in the church 
fellowship house. We invited the men from the Brethren 
church in Masontown, Pa., and from two of our neighbor- 
ing churches, the Summit Chapel United Methodist 
Church and the St. Paul's Lutheran Church. 

The meeting began with a spaghetti supper. After sup- 
per we were favored with several numbers from the Sum- 
mit Chapel U. M. Bell Choir and two saw solos from their 
pastor. Rev. Ray Beal. Rev. Rob Byler then led his Mason- 
town men in a few splendid choruses. Our speaker, Robert 
Zimmerman, was from the Summit Chapel men's group. 

Everyone seemed to enjoy himself. The fellowship was 
superb! It was one of the finest meetings we have ever ex- 
perienced. We heartily recommend this type of meeting to 
other Brethren Laymen's organizations. Learn to know 
some of the fine Christian men in your neighborhood. 

It almost seemed like a little bit of heaven. There we 
were, three different Christian denominations sitting and 
eating together and enjoying super Christian fellowship. 
That's as it should be. We were sitting in one of those 
heavenly places spoken of in Ephesians 2:6. 

James I. Mackall, Corresponding Secretary 
Mineral Point, Pa. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

By Mitchell W. Funkhouser 
National Brethren Youth Director 

I ENJOY a good game of Trivial 
Pursuit. I'm not the best player 
ever to have won a wedge, but I can 
usually hold my own against other 
trivia buffs — especially if I get my 
lucky orange token. But that's 
another story. 

The thing that binds us trivia 
buffs together is our interest in 
obscure, off-the-beaten-path facts. 
These are usually gleaned from such 
places as National Geographic TV 
specials or the back of cereal boxes. 
While these facts are not widely 
known, they are nonetheless true. 

Some interesting facts 

I would like for us to take a look 
at some other facts. These are facts 
that have been compiled through 
surveys and studies — truths with 

which you may not be familiar, but 
which you may find interesting. 

According to a U.S. Department of 
Education survey of 30,000 high 
school students, teenagers whose 
parents are actively involved in 
their lives tend to get better grades. 
The survey shows that of students 
who get mostly A's, 88 percent have 
parents who usually know their chil- 
dren's whereabouts. Of students who 
get mostly B's, 81 percent have par- 
ents who keep good track of them. 
Of students who get mostly C's, the 
percentage of interested parents 
drops to 72. And for students whose 
grades are mostly D's, only 61 per- 
cent have parents who show an in- 
terest in what their children are up 

Could it be that when parents 

show an interest in their children's 
activities, they are communicating 
to those young people that they and 
their activities are important? Could 
it be that these parents, by taking 
an active interest in what their chil- 
dren are doing, are in fact being role 
models for their children? 

. . teenagers whose 
parents are actively 
involved in their 
lives tend to get 
better grades." 

But how can this be? Everyone 
knows that the last person a kid 
wants around is his or her parents, 
right? I mean, just answer this: The 
most significant role model for most 
youth is (A) parent, (B) youth direc- 
tor, (C) pastor, (D) coach or teacher. 
According to a study entitled "Young 
Adolescents and Their Parents," it's 
(A) parent, for all you Trivial Pursuit 
buffs out there. 

Teenagers look to their parents to 
set the tone for what's important in 
life and what can be treated as sec- 
ondary in nature. If parents view 
education and all the extra activities 
that go with it as important, then 
the kids are also going to view them 
as important. The same principle is 
at work in our churches. 

Does this story sound familiar to 
you? It's Sunday morning, about ten 
minutes before Sunday school is due 
to begin. All around the building 
you can hear the sounds of little 
patent leather shoes racing to no- 
where. Over by the nursery the 
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Johnson baby is crying again. Pretty 
soon you know all the other babies 
will feel obliged to join in. 

You can smell the fresh coffee and 
doughnuts, and you wish you had 
the time to have some. Over in the 
corner of the coffee room a number 
of high school students are speaking 
in low whispers. Probably discussing 
who went out with whom last night 
and "can you believe how big a jerk 
he was!" 

Business as usual 

Yes, inside the building things are 
running their normal course, just 
like every Sunday morning before. 
As you start toward your classroom, 
you pass by the doors to the outside, 
where things are also running their 

"Teenagers look to 
their parents to set 
the tone for what's 
important in life 
and what can be 
treated as secondary 
in nature." 


usual Sunday morning course. There 
is Joe Smith dropping off his rowdy 
kid again. Joe Jr. never misses a 
Sunday! Oh, Joe Sr. will never set 
foot inside the building, but you can 
bet his boy will get to church. 

Don't you imagine that Joe Jr. 
just can't wait for Sunday morning 
to come around so he can come to 
church and learn about Jesus? Why, 
he must feel that his dad really 
loves him because he gets up every 
Sunday morning just to drive his son 
to church. Aren't you just certain 
that Joe Jr. will become an active 
member of that church when he 
grows up, and that when he's a par- 
ent he'll bring his little boy to 
church every Sunday, too? Don't 
count on it! Most likely Joe Jr. is 
counting the days till he is sixteen 
so he can tell his dad to take a hike. 

Just behind the Smiths' car comes 
the Joneses'. No, wait, you're mis- 
taken. That's the Greens' car. There 
is Mrs. Green dropping off her little 
girl, Susie. Oh, Mrs. Green will be 
here for church; and so will Mr. 
Green. You see, they were just too 
tired to get up and get ready for 
Sunday school this morning. Isn't 
Susie learning some positive at- 
titudes from her parents' example? 
Gosh, don't you just know Susie will 
continue to be an active member of 
that congregation when she gets out 
on her own? Don't count on it! She'll 
still be snoozing when noon rolls 

Church doors aren't magic 

Church doors aren't magic. 
Neither are pastors, associate pas- 
tors, youth workers, or John 3:16. 
Even if all these were magic, it 
would do no good. Young people see 
the church doors and the pastoral 
staff only once a week. Hardly 
enough time for any magic to rub 

Magic isn't what's needed. What's 

'If interested parents 
can make a difference 
in a child's school 
performance, there is 
no reason why they 
can't make a differ- 
ence in a young per- 
son's attitudes toward 

needed are parents who take an 
active interest in their children and 
who set positive examples and serve 
as good role models. If interested 
parents can make a difference in a 
child's school performance, there is 
no reason why they can't make a dif- 
ference in a young person's attitudes 
toward church. 

Look at your example 

Want to know why The Brethren 
Church is losing its young people? 
Then take a look at the example you 
are setting for your children. If you 
are not actively seeking any kind of 
spiritual discipline in your life, don't 
expect them to be doing so. If you 
place church involvement way down 
on your list of priorities, so will 
they. If they see or sense hypocrisy 
in your life, all the magic church 
doors, pastors, associate pastors, 
youth workers, and John 3:16's in 
the world aren't going to keep them 
in the church. 

Be an example to your children. 
Be involved in what they are doing, 
not just at church but in every as- 
pect of their lives. Ask them ques- 
tions, talk with them, discuss what's 
going on in their lives. They look to 
you. Help them look to Jesus. Now 
that's no trivial pursuit! [t] 

The Brethren Evangeust 

By Robert D. Dillard 

WHILE WRITING this article, I 
have been Hstening to a 
Christian program voicing yet more 
concern about the American family. 
The truth is sobering. Thirty years 
ago the average family consisted of 
a father and mother with children. 
Dad was the breadwinner and mom 
was a homemaker. Now, however, 
not only is mom a homemaker and a 
breadwinner, but frequently there is 
no father at all. 

What kinds of special problems 
does this present to young people? 
There are many, but perhaps the 
one with greatest implication for the 
church is the fact that the majority 
of children will have no consistent 
adult male role model. Sociologists 
tell us that children are learning to 
rely more on their peers and/or on 
television characters for their role 

As a Christian and a pastor, I am 

". . . effective youth 
ministry needs be- 
lievers who are filled 
with the Holy Spirit 
and totally committed 
to the life-changing 
message of Christ." 

May 1986 

The Pastor and 

Youth Ministry 

challenged by these facts not only to 
live my faith before my own two 
children, but also to live it before 
the children and youth of our local 
church and community. I am con- 
vinced that in the absence of Chris- 
tian adult role models, it is our re- 
sponsibility as Christian adults (not 
just the pastor) to demonstrate the 
power of our faith in Jesus Christ to 
these young people. 

How does this apply to youth 
ministry? In the first place, effective 
youth ministry needs believers who 
are filled with the Holy Spirit and 
totally committed to the life-chang- 
ing message of Christ. I am person- 
ally indebted to my parents for my 
early Christian formation, but then 
to a very special pastor. Dr. J.D. 
Hamel, for encouraging me in my 
spiritual growth and leadership 
within the Christian community. 

The important elements to youth 
ministry, then, are the pastor, the 
adult youth leaders, the leaders 
fi-om among the youth themselves, 
and committed parents. These are 
all equally important. 

What do pastors look for in youth 
ministry? We are seeking both 
adults and youth who can lead. In 
most churches the pastor will have 
to draw them out, looking for those 
with the "right stuff." If you think 
he can accomplish this without the 
Spirit's direction and wisdom, think 

Are there a few signs to be on the 
lookout for? Yes, there are. 

Personally, I am looking for a per- 
son who is interested in others. He 
or she may not yet possess Christ's 
heart for people, but that can be de- 
veloped. I am also looking for some- 
one to lead who really wants to 
serve, someone who is involved and 
whose participation can nearly al- 

"A youth ministry team 
of pastor, parents, 
adult and youth leaders 
who are firm, solid, 
and committed will 
build firm, solid, and 
committed youth." 

ways be counted on. This involve- 
ment sometimes reveals a desire to 
know and grow in the Lord. I don't 
look for the showy or even necessar- 
ily the talented. A frankness and 
honesty about themselves and others 
goes a long way toward identifying 

These are still but outward indica- 
tions of a possible call to leadership. 
The real test is the inner testimony 
of the Holy Spirit and His witness to 
others and to me concerning the per- 
son's life. 

We need such leaders, both adult 
and youth, if our churches are to be- 
come vibrant, growing fellowships. 
Our youth ministry can afford to 
have programs come and go, but not 
people. A youth ministry team of 
pastor, parents, adult and youth 
leaders who are firm, solid, and com- 
mitted will build firm, solid, and 
committed youth. 

Are you on your local church 
youth ministry team? If so, begin 
now to prayerfully look for those 
"soon-to-be" leaders, both youth and 
adult, and invest your life in them. 
Remember, Jesus started with 
twelve! [t] 

Rev. Dillard is pastor of The Brethren 
Church, New Lebanon, Ohio. 




Linwood Member Touring Texas 
In Mule-Drawn Covered Wagon 

Linwood, Md. — James Sayler, an 
active member of the Linwood Breth- 
ren Church, is making a 3,000-mile 
trek through Texas in his mule-drawn 
covered wagon. 

Sayler, 49, who sings in the Lin- 
wood choir and is a church trustee, 
was chosen to represent Maryland in 

the Texas 150th anniversary celebra- 
tion wagon train. His covered wagon 
is part of a six-mile-long train of 150 
wagons and 300 horses that is making 
its way around Texas on the state's 
back roads. 

The wagon train procession started 
January 1, with Sayler joining the 

Jim Sayler (in front) and his friend, Elmer Nelson, with Sayler's covered wagon. 

Retired Pastors, Pastors' Wives Honored 
At Southeastern District Celebration 

Maurertown, Va. — A crowd of 245 
Brethren of the Southeastern District 
gathered in the sanctuary of the 
Maurertown Brethren Church on 
March 16 to celebrate the long and 
faithful ministries of three retired dis- 
trict pastors and their wives. 

Honored during the evening of 
celebration were Rev. C.Y. and Ruth 
Gilmer, Rev. Hays and Garnet Logan, 
Rev. Bruce and Thelma Shanholtz, as 
well as Mrs. Virginia Locke and Mrs. 
Esther Ankrum, widows of two former 
district pastors. Plaques of apprecia- 
tion were presented to each. 

Also honored on this special occa- 
sion were the wives of the district's 
present pastors. Each pastor expressed 
publicly his appreciation to his wife 
for her help and support in his life and 
ministry, and also presented her a 
plaque and a corsage. 


In addition, it was an evening to 
celebrate the message of Easter. The 
pastors and their families formed a 
choir that sang three selections that 
focused on the Easter message. Several 

group on March 1. He will remain 
with the train for three months, when 
it should have completed the trail. 

The wagon train sets out each day 
at dawn and travels at true wagon- 
train pace, about four miles per hour. 
At night, riders make camp in front 
lawns, city parks, and fields, and they 
eat meals cooked over campfires and 
camp stoves or donated by local res- 
taurants. Sayler sleeps in his 4V2-foot- 
wide wagon. 

Sayler was joined for 1,900 miles of 
the trek by his friend, Elmer Nelson, 
of Union Bridge, Md. Nelson, a dairy 
farmer, could only spare 3 '/a weeks 
away from his cows. 

Sayler, on the other hand, "simply 
put up the 'gone fishing' sign" on the 
door of his hanger at the Clearview 
Airpark, where he repairs airplanes 
for a living. 

Also spending some time on the 
trail with Sayler was his daughter, 
Diana, who lives in Oklahoma. She, 
too, is a member of the Linwood 
Brethren Church, 

Sayler, who is well-known in the 
Linwood area for his covered wagon 
rides at community functions, has be- 
come more widely known as a result of 
his participation in the Texas wagon 
train. In addition to receiving cover- 
age in the Frederick and Baltimore 
areas, he was also in a television in- 
terview that was shown on Washing- 
ton, D.C., stations. 

— reported by Rev. Robert Keplinger 

other musical numbers and special 
readings were also presented. 

And finally, it was an evening to 
celebrate life together as Brethren, 
when people from all over the district 
met together to renew old friendships 
and to form new ones. The event was 
sponsored by the district pastors. 
— reported by Rev. Richard P. Craver 

Pastors and their families celebrate the message of Easter in song. 

The Brethren Evangeust 


Photo by La Vergne Stone 

Rev. Ken Solomon with several of the Hispanics who play for the Chicago White Sox. 

Hispanic Ministry at Sarasota 
Reaches Out to Baseball Players 

Sarasota, Fla. — While the baseball 
season is less than a month old for 
most of us, for Brethren living in 
states where the teams have their 
spring training, it has been underway 
for many weeks. 

With the start of spring training, 
Rev. Kenneth Solomon, pastor of La 
Iglesia Hispana De Los Hermanos 
(the Spanish Brethren Church) in 
Sarasota, tetkes up another phase of 
his work — ministering to Hispanic 
ballplayers on teams that have their 
spring training in the Sarasota- 
Bradenton area. 

Last year Rev. Solomon, who works 
with a chaplaincy program known as 
Baseball Chapel, Inc., had contact 
with five ball clubs. This year he 
added a sixth — the Chicago White 

Sox — which has at least 15 players 
from the Dominican Republic. 

Rev. Solomon leads Sunday morning 
chapel services for the Hispanic 
players £ind also conducts weekly 
Bible studies. But he goes far beyond 
this. He spends many hours coimsel- 
ing the players, busing them to church 
events and shopping malls, helping 
them manage their finances so that 
they can send more money home to 
their poor families, etc. 

"We eagerly and gladly seek to 
serve their every legitimate need, and 
thus gain their confidence, respect, 
and friendship in order to earn the 
right to be heard and loved," Rev. Sol- 
omon explains. "Thus Jan [Mrs. Sol- 
omon] and I have had the joy of being 
accepted as sort of substitute dad and 

Cheyenne Pastor Preaches 
From Church Building Roof 

Cheyenne, Wyo. — Rev. G. Emery 
Hurd, pastor of the Cheyenne Breth- 
ren Chxirch, made good April 6 on his 
promise to preach from the roof of the 
church building. 

Last year Rev. Hurd promised the 
Cheyenne congregation that if 100 or 
more people attended any three wor- 
ship services, he would preach from 
the roof. 

By the end of January 1986, the 
congregation had met this challenge, 
so April 6 was set as the day for the 
pastor to fulfill his promise. The 90 
people present for the service sat in 
the front lawn while Pastor Hurd 

preached from the roof of the church 

— reported by Alice Tharp 

mom for many of these boys, who are 
away from home for the first time. We 
love it!" 

The Solomons also try to make sure 
that each player has a Bible in his 
own language and that he reads it 
each day. In addition, the Hispanic 
Brethren Church rents or purchases 
Christian films to be used when the 
ballplayers are present. One such 
movie was a Luis Palau film made 
in Argentina during one of Palau's 
evangelistic campaigns. The film had 
interspersed within it testimonies 
by several world-famous Christian 
athletes from Latin America. 

As a result of these efforts, several 
of the ballplayers have received bap- 
tism £ind become a part of the fellow- 
ship of the Hispanic Brethren Church. 

The Brethren Church is fortunate to 
have workers in Sarasota who are 
willing to minister to the physical and 
spiritual needs of these Hispanic 
ballplayers, many of whom are away 
from home for the first time and, as a 
result, particularly receptive to the 

— reported by Jim Payne 

North Liberty and Teegarden 
Hold Joint Easter Services 

North Liberty, Ind. — Hearts were 
warmed and spirits strengthened 
when the North Liberty and Teegar- 
den Brethren Churches held combined 
Easter sunrise and worship services in 
the North Liberty Brethren Church 

The attendance alone was an en- 
couragement to all, with 115 present 
for the sunrise service and 145 for the 
service of worship. These were 90 emd 
25 percent increases respectively over 
last year's totals. 

But an even greater blessing was 
the ministry of the Holy Spirit 
through the preaching of Reginald 
Mahome, associate pastor of the 
Brethren Fellowship of the Savior in 
Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Pastor 
Mahome's message, "Jesus, the King 
of Glory," moved many hearts. 

The day was made complete with a 
baptismal service at 4:00 p.m. in a 
creek north of Teegarden. 

"It was especially thrilling to see 
the two churches working together so 
well," said Rev. Don Snell, who pas- 
tors the two congregations. He espe- 
cially praised the sacrifice of the Tee- 
garden Church, which gave up Easter 
services in its building to join together 
for this very special time. 

— reported by Pastor Don Snell 

May 1986 



New Kissimmee Class Recognized 
By Florida District Conference 

Tampa, Fla. — Delegates to the 
Florida District Conference held Sun- 
day, March 16, at the Town and Coun- 
try Community Church in Tampa rec- 
ognized one group as a class within 
the district, but withdrew the designa- 
tion as a class from another group, 
during the conference business ses- 

Recognized as a new class in the dis- 
trict was the Kissimmee Brethren 
Bible Class, a group meeting with 
Arthur and Dorothy Tinkel in Inter- 
cession, Fla. 

On the other hand, class status was 
withdrawn from the Kissimmee Bible 
Fellowship, meeting with Larry and 
Rose Bolinger, since that group no 
longer meets the qualifications for rec- 

ognition as a class, as set forth by the 
Missionary Board of The Brethren 

Delegates also made a change in the 
district apportionment. Instead of all 
churches pajdng $1.50 per member as 
in the past, any church whose appor- 
tionment at $1.50 per member would 
be less that $100 will now be asked 
to pay a $100 minimum. The change 
affects four of the district's five 

Elections resulted in the following 
officers for 1986-87: coordinator-elect 

— Rev. Charles F. Ankney; secretary 

— Helen McConahay; treasurer — 
Tim Solomon; women's representative 

— Penny Bryan; men's representative 

— David Brandenburg; ministerial 

N. California District Conference Held 
In Lathrop Congregation's New Building 

Lathrop, Calif. — The Northern 
California District Brethren Confer- 
ence was held February 28 to March 2 
in the recently completed facilities of 
the Lathrop Brethren Church. 

The conference began on Friday 
evening (Feb. 28) with a business ses- 
sion that included committee appoint- 
ments, elections, denominational re- 
ports, and a statistical report. Elected 
to serve as district officers were: mod- 
erator — Don Mullins; vice-moderator 
— Marshall Lehr; secretary — Dorothy 
Huse; treasurer — Wesley Steyer; and 
members at large — Brad Hamden and 
Carlos Silva. 

According to the statistical report, 
the three churches of the district had a 
net loss of 52 members in 1985 (from 
267 in 1984 to 215 in 1985), with only 
the Lathrop Church showing a net 
gain (from 69 to 75). Average worship 
attendance for the three churches in 
1985 was 216, and average Sunday 
school attendance was 149. 

The business session was followed 
by a song service, special music, and 
an inspirational address by Rev. 
James R. Black, Executive Director of 
the Missionary Board of The Brethren 

The conference resumed on Satur- 
day afternoon with a song service and 
special music, followed by a second 
business session. Business included 
district board reports, the treasurer's 
report, and adoption of the 1986-87 


At the conclusion of the business 
session, conference attenders enjoyed 
a dinner, provided by the Lathrop 
Brethren Church, and an evening 
service that included a special musical 
presentation by the Mitchell Family 
Singers and a report from General 
Conference Moderator Dr. Warren 

representative — Rev. Phil Lersch. 
Rev. Kenneth Solomon is the new dis- 
trict coordinator. 

According to the statistical report, 
the district had a net gain of five 
members in 1985 (from 868 to 873). 
Average Sunday morning worship at- 
tendance for the five district churches 
was 485, and average Sunday school 
attendance was 254. 

The business session of the confer- 
ence was preceded by an inspirational 
hoiu' and a multi-media presentation 
of the work of the national ministries 
of The Brethren Church. The speaker 
for the inspirational hour was Mr. 
Henry G. Sewell, who brought a mes- 
sage entitled "Serving Christ in the 
Business World." 

The conference concluded with an 
evening worship service, which in- 
cluded special music by the district 
youth choir, installation of the 1986- 
87 officers by Rev. William Kemer, 
and a message by Dr. Warren Gamer, 
General Conference Moderator for The 
Brethren Church. 

— reported by Helen McConahay 

The conference concluded on Sunday 
evening with a carry-in dinner fol- 
lowed by a song service and special 
music, installation of the 1986-87 of- 
ficers, and an inspirational address by 
Rev. William Kemer, Director of Pas- 
toral Ministries for The Brethren 
— reported by Charles Poindexter, secretary 

Thirteen men of the First Brethren Church of Nappannee, Ind., presented a 
reenactment of the Last Supper during the church's Easter sunrise service. Participat- 
ing in the presentation were (I. to r.) Dennis Mishler (Matthew), Jack Tobias (Peter), 
Dale Tobias (John), Dick Wenger (Nathanael), Gordon Mills (James, son of 
Alphaeus), Jim Shaw (Jesus), Carlisle Roose (Judas Iscariot), Harold Campbell 
(Philip), Junior Mast (James, son of Zebedee), Roman Mast (Thaddaeus), Doug 
Weaver (Andrew), and (not shown) Dick Best (Thomas) and David Deisch (Simon the 
Zealot). This was the fourth year the presentation has been given, with each year's re- 
enactment involving more dialogue and action. 

The Brethren Evangelist 


ATS Honors Rev. George Solomon 
As Outstanding Alumnus of Year 

Ashland, Ohio — Rev. George W. 
Solomon was recognized posthumously 
as Ashland Theological Seminary's 
Outstanding Alumnus of the Year at 
the annual ATS Alumni Banquet held 
April 9 in the Ashland College Convo- 
cation Center. 

Rev. Solomon was recognized for his 
outstanding support of the seminary 
and The Brethren Church, and also for 
his part in influencing various men to 
enter the seminary. Alumni president 
Rev. Alvin Shifflett, who presented 

the Outstanding Alumnus Award, tes- 
tified to the important role Rev. Sol- 
omon had played in his decision to at- 
tend Ashland Theological Seminary 
and to enter the pastoral ministry. 

Accepting the award on behalf of 
Rev. Solomon, who died November 2, 
1985, were his wife, Jessie, and his 
son. Rev. Leroy Solomon. 

Rev. Solomon was graduated from 
ATS in 1957. During his years of 
ministry he pastored the Gretna, 
Hagerstown, Louisville, Ashland Park 

Faith Promises Total More Than $16,000 
At Pleasant Hill Missionary Conference 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio — More than 
$16,000 in faith promises was received 
during the second annual weekend 
missionary conference held March 1-2 
at the First Brethren Church of Pleas- 
ant Hill. 

The conference opened with a father 
and son breakfast on Saturday morn- 
ing. Dirk Martin, who has been in- 
volved in mission work in Haiti, spoke 
to the men and boys. 

This was followed by a mother- 
daughter salad luncheon at noon. The 

speaker for this event was Mrs. 
Juanita Dilleird, former Brethren mis- 
sionary to Medellin, Colombia, and 
now wife of the pastor of The Brethren 
Church in New Lebanon, Ohio. 

Saturday evening was designated 
"Family Fun Night." Rev. Robert Dil- 
lard, former Brethren missionary and 
now pastor at New Lebanon, gave a 
slide presentation of Brethren mission 
work in Colombia. Those in attend- 
ance were then divided into seven 
groups, each of which prepared a "care 

Street, Derby, and Milledgeville 
Brethren churches. He served as Gen- 
eral Conference Moderator in 1957 
and was again serving as Moderator 
at the time of his death. 

The speaker for the Alumni Ban- 
quet was Dr. Charles Munson, former 
dean of the seminary. His topic was 
"God's Continued Call to Ministry." 

Dr. Jack Oxenrider, pastor of the 
Jefferson Brethren Church, was in- 
stalled as the new president of the 
Alumni Association by outgoing presi- 
dent Rev. Alvin Shifflett. And Rev. 
Michael Gleason, Minister of Evangel- 
ism Emd Discipleship for the Ashland 
Park Street Brethren Church, was in- 
stalled as president-elect. 

package" for one of the seven Brethren 
mission families. 

Rev. Dillard spoke again for the Sun- 
day morning worship service. Follow- 
ing his message, the faith promise 
cards were collected. When these were 
tabulated, the $15,000 goal set by the 
Pleasant Hill Mission Board was near- 
ly reached. Additional cards turned in 
over the next few days brought the 
total (at last report) to $16,125.80. 

A carry-in dinner was held after the 
worship service. Following the meal. 
Rev. and Mrs. Dillard answered ques- 
tions concerning their missionary work 
in Colombia. 

— reported by Betty J. Shellenberger 

Roast Preacher Main Course 
At South Bend Green Dmner 

South Bend, Ind. — Roast preacher 
turned out to be the main course at a 
"Green Dinner" held March 16 (the 
day before St. Patrick's Day) at the 
South Bend First Brethren Church. 

Following a meal of green food. 
South Bend Pastor Larry Baker and 
his family were led to the front of the 
fellowship hall, and the roast began. 

First on the program was an "inter- 
view" with Rev. Baker on the "World 
of Religion" radio program. Master of 
ceremonies John Bush arranged the 
interview, using excerpts from records 
as Rev. Baker's answers. 

Following the interview, there was 
a more serious show of appreciation 
for the pastor. The evening concluded 
with some "sharin' of the green," as 
the congregation presented the Baker 
family a money tree. 

— reported by Judith Heying 

John Rupe, vice-moderator of the South Bend First Brethren Church, "shares the 
green" (a money tree from the South Bend congregation) with Pastor Larry and Mrs. 
Beverly Baker. John Bush (I.) was master of ceremonies for the "preacher roast." 

Courage is not having strength to go 
on. It is going on when you don't have the 

May 1986 

If a care is too small to be made into a 
prayer, it is too small to be made into a 

The greatest paradox of life: the freest 
people are those who are the most en- 
slaved to Christ. 




Dr. Juan Carlos Miranda, super- 
visor of Hispanic Ministries and 
Mexico Missions for The Brethren 
Church, is the author of a book, Man- 
ual de Iglecrecimiento (Church Growth 
Manual), published last October by 

the Assemblies of God publishing 
house. The first edition of 10,000 
copies has already sold out, and the 
book was to be reprinted in April. 
Originally published in Spanish, the 
book is also scheduled to be published 
in Portuguese in Brazil. 

Secretary of Defense Caspar W. 
Weinberger is to deliver the keynote 
address at the fourth annual John M. 
Ashbrook Memorial Dinner, to be held 
May 2 in the Convocation Center at 
Ashland College. 

According to their church newslet- 
ters, 26 members of the Wayne 
Heights Brethren Church and 44 
members of the Hagerstown First 
Brethren Church are following 
through on the General Conference- 

approved Moderator's recommenda- 
tion that Brethren read the Bible 
through in 1986. {The editor would 
welcome progress reports from other 
congregations as well as reports of 
what churches are doing to motivate 
members to read the Bible through this 

Republic Pictures Home Video has 
recently introduced four Billy 
Graham films — The Hiding Place, 
The Gospel Road, His Land, and 
Shiokari Pass — to secular video 
stores throughout the nation. This is 
the first time a major seculsir video 
distributor has acquired a religious 
film library. Prior to this these films 
were available only through religious 

In Memory 

Naomi Dafler, 96, April 9. Member for 63 
years and deaconness of The Brethren 
Church of New Lebanon. Services by 
Robert Dillard, pastor. 
Lula M. Roush, 96, April 8. Member for 
55 years of the First Brethren Church of 
North Liberty. Services by Don Snell, pas- 

Lucile E. Baker, 68, April 7. Member of 
the First Brethren Church of North Man- 
chester. Services by Archie Nevins, pastor, 
and Woodrow Immel. Mrs. Baker was the 
mother of Brethren Elder Mark Baker. 
Margaret (Peggy) G. Beekley, 65, April 
3. Charter member of the First Brethren 
Church of Sarasota. Her funeral service 
was held at the Ashland Park Street 
Brethren Church, with Pastor Arden E. 
Gilmer officiating. A memorial service was 
held simultaneously at the Sarasota First 
Brethren Church, with Pastor J.D. Hamel 
officiating. Throughout her life, Peggy was 
active in the work of the church as a Sun- 
day school teacher, musician, summer 
camp director, and as a pastor's wife. Her 
husband. Rev. Eugene Beekley, pastored 
six Brethren churches Eind spent 20 years 
£is a chaplain in the United States Air 
Force. In addition to her work in the local 

A Tribute to Peggy Beekley 

A woman we love has passed away, 

But the grief is ours alone. 
For she is sitting with her Lord, 

Beside His heavenly throne. 

She taught us how to laugh and love, 

She taught us about life. 
She showed us by example, 

As a mother and a wife. 

For Peggy Beekley we don't mourn. 

Nor for her family. 
For they have found the joy that comes. 

In serving only Thee. 

by Jan Solomon 
On behalf of the youth of the 
Sarasota First Brethren Church 

church, Peggy served in various capacities 
at the district £md national levels, most re- 
cently as chairperson of the General Con- 
ference Publicity Committee. The Beekleys 
had two sons — Charles, who is Director of 
Christism Education for The Brethren 
Church, and Philip, who is with the US Air 
Force in Scotland (Box 558, FPO, NY 
09518). Memorial gifts may be sent to 
Ashland Theological Seminary. 
Orpha F. Brower, 85, April 1. Member of 
the First Brethren Church of Flora. Serv- 
ices by Alvin Grumbling, pEistor. 
Jennie Stoner, 84, March 27. Member for 
44 years of the Walcrest Brethren Church 
of Mansfield. Services by Timothy P. 
Gamer, pastor. 

Stanley Smith, 64, March 26. Member 
since 1949 of the First Brethren Church 
of Bryan. Services by Marlin L. McCann, 

Ralph Gearhart, 61, March 25. Member 
since 1936 of The Brethren Church of 
New LebEmon. Services by Robert Dillard, 

Mrs. Inez Fisher, 95, March 24. Member 
for 52 years of the First Brethren Church 
of South Bend. Services by Larry R. Baker, 

Dora Mildred Winters, 85, March 24. 
Longtime member of the First Brethren 
Church of Roanoke and prior to that a 
member of the Loree First Brethren 
Church. Services by August Hacker, pastor 
of the Roanoke First Brethren Church. 
Susie Wysong, 95, March 24. Member of 
The Brethren Church of New Lebanon. 
Services by Robert Dillard, pastor. 
Mrs. Hazel Van Schoik, 93, March 22. 
Member of the First Brethren Church of 
Williamstown. Services by W. St. Clair 
BenshofF, pastor. 

Edgar F. Wassam, 72, March 20. Member 
of the First Brethren Church of Waterloo. 
Services by Lynn Mercer, pastor. 
Albert Tedrow, 93, March 13. Member 
since 1907 of the Quiet Dell Brethren 
Church. Services by Michael F. Smith, pas- 
tor of the Cameron Brethren Church. Until 
his death, Mr. Tedrow was the oldest living 

member of the Quiet Dell Church. 
Donald E. Trefren, 72, March 7. Member 
of the Cheyenne Brethren Church. Services 
by Rev. Richard Trefren, brother of the de- 

Glenn Brown, 77, February 16. Lifetime 
member of the First Brethren Church of 
Waterloo. Services by Lynn Mercer, pastor. 


KeUy Ann Ardinger to Randy Lee 
Miles, April 19, at the St. James Brethren 
Church; Brian H. Moore, pastor, officiat- 
ing. Members of the St. James Brethren 

Sheila Piel to John Bouldin, March 22, 
at the Cheyenne Brethren Church; G. 
Emery Hurd, pastor, officiating. Members 
of the Cheyenne Brethren Church. 
Jodi Lineweaver to Jon Meserole, 
March 22, in California. Bride a member of 
the Mt. Olive Brethren Church. 
Susan Andrews to Terry Breeden, 
March 21. Bride a member of the Mt. Olive 
Brethren Church. 

Linda Piel to Alan Cline, March 8, at the 
Cheyenne Brethren Church; G. Emery 
Hurd, pastor, officiating. Members of the 
Cheyenne Brethren Church. 


Mr. and Mrs. Ray Sununy, 50th, May 31. 

Members of the Park Street Brethren 

Church of Ashlemd. 

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Witmer, 70th, May 

15. Members of the Park Street Brethren 

Church of Ashland. 

Carl and Muriel Sherman, 50th, April 

19. Members of the Mulvane Brethren 


Membership Growth 

Sarasota: 5 by baptism 

Teegarden: 1 by baptism 

Berlin: 10 by baptism, 9 by transfer 

Warsaw: 6 by baptism, 1 by transfer 

St. James: 4 by baptism, 1 by transfer 

North Liberty: 5 by baptism, 8 by transfer 


Thk Brethren Evangelist 

Little Crusader 

Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder 
them; tor to such belongs the kingdom of heaven'' (Matt. 19:14). 


Jesus began His earthly ministry by delivering a mountaintop sermon. 
People sat on the ground to hear His words. They were simple words, but 
words filled with deep meaning. Jesus said you would be blessed if you 
have these "beautiful attitudes" in your life. Read Matthew 5:3-12 to find 
out more about the Beatitudes. 


The Beautiful Attitudes 

Unscramble the letters to find the attitudes Jesus wants us to have. Then put the numbered letters on 
the spaces at the bottom to find what Jesus' mountaintop talk was called. (Answers on page 3.) 

ropo ni ripsit 



gruhne adn srthit 


ruep ni trahe 









10 11 

12 13 14 15 16 

Living the Beatitudes 

Mark out all the B's in the hive to see what happens when the Beatitudes become a part of your life. 
See l^atthew 5:12. 

May 1986 


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Developing a Global Vision 

Missionary Hospitality 

MY WIFE AND I were hunting 
for a certain church in the 
south Peru city of Tacna. We finally 
asked for help at a small Christian 
bookstore located in the home of an 
Irish Baptist missionary. 

The missionary, Desmond Creel- 
man, cheerfully offered to help us 
find the church. He telephoned one 
of the chiu-ch's members, who prom- 
ised to take us there. 

That problem solved, Desmond in- 
vited us into his dining room, where 
his wife served us coffee and thick, 
moist pancakes. When we men- 
tioned that we would be traveling 
the next day to Arica, Chile, the 
couple quickly offered to keep our 
suitcases for us so that we wouldn't 
have to lug them across the border 
just for one night away fi-om Tacna. 

"All that interest in us just from 
requesting an address," my wife 
Elsa and I marveled afterwards. We 
had known the couple barely 15 
minutes, and yet they were treating 
us like longtime friends. Simply put, 
they made us feel at home. They 
ministered to us. 

During my various travels, I've 
had the opportimity to meet a 
number of missionaries. Many were 
excellent evangelists and Bible 
teachers. But, as in the case of the 
Creelmans, their most notable trait 
has often been hospitality. 

Hospitality is biblical 

We know that hospitality is bibli- 
cal. Think of Matthew, who invited 
his non-Christian friends to a meal 
with Jesus; or of Abraham, who 
leaped up at the sight of three 

visitors and prepared a banquet 
for them. Unknowingly, Abraham 
played host to three angels. Scrip- 
ture indicates that we, too, might 
have that experience if we entertain 
strangers (Heb. 13:2). 

Paul makes hospitality a pre- 
requisite for church overseers and 
elders (I Tim. 3:2; Tit. 1:8). In fact, 
he commands it of all believers 
(Rom. 12:13). 

Hardships of hospitality 

But how easy is hospitality to 
practice? Missionaries may find it 
especially difficult for several 

One reason is that mission work 
is very "public," meaning lots of 
people-contact with the resultant 
demands on personal time. The mis- 
sionary tries to strike a proper bal- 
ance between time alone and with 
family, and time in public ministry. 
It may test the missionary's self-con- 
trol when people make extended de- 
mands on his or her personal life. 

Also, the missionary has certain 
goals and objectives from which he 
or she hopes not to get sidetracked. 
What will happen if people keep 
dropping around? The missionary 
certainly doesn't want to treat vis- 
itors like "interruptions" and feel 
guilty as a result. Still, the full-time 
Christian worker may barely stifle 
an inward groan when, once again, 
the doorbell rings. 

There are practical considerations, 
too. Some missionaries are barely 
able to support their own families, 
let alone feed anyone who shows up 
around mealtime. I've been amazed 

at how some missionaries can shuf- 
fle kids and beds around to make 
room for overnight visitor^ and how 
they can stretch a simple meal to 
feed more mouths than expected. 

I'm not trying to make you feel 
sorry for missionaries. I only men- 
tion these things because the hospi- 
tality shown by missionaries is all 
the more remarkable when you con- 
sider the factors that might impede 

Not only do they practice hospital- 
ity, they do it graciously and with 
flair. For them, it is no sacrificial act 
to open their homes. They don't act 
like martyrs or keep checking their 
watches when visitors pop in. 

They almost always have the cof- 
fee pot on and some goodies on hand 
— just in case. If the visitor arrives 
at mealtime, they'll often ask him or 
her to stay. There's something about 
sharing a meal that makes a visitor 
really feel comfortable. The guest 
may feel at liberty to share a per- 
sonal problem, and if that happens, 
hospitable missionaries are sure to 
listen. (I wonder how many people 
have been won to Christ around the 
dinner table?) 

When it comes to overnight 
guests, hospitable missionaries often 
treat the visitor like a son or daugh- 
ter. They are known to say, in as 
many words: "Here's the key to the 
house. Come and go as you wish. 
Help yourself in the refrigerator." 
The last thing you feel is that you 
are an intruder. 

You know what it's like to spend 
time with a hospitable family or per- 
son. You come away feeling impor- 
tant. All that attention makes you 
feel valued and worthwhile (even 

Imitate their example 

While we should never abuse the 
hospitality of Christian workers, we 
can benefit from and imitate their 
example. Some people truly seem to 
have a spiritual gift for hospitality, 
but by and large it is learned. 

I think again of the Creelmans: 
busy with a church, a bookstore, not 
to mention two small children. 
They've got better things to do than 
spend time with Christian tourists 
who barge in looking for directions. 
Or do they? What is their real 
ministry? [t] 

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Using Your Spiritual Gifts by Dan L. Lawson 

By using their spiritual gifts, Christians can change the church 

from a Ufeless statue into a body throbbing with life. 

Philip: Salesman for Jesus by William H. Anderson 
Philip was a faithful witness who went out in search of 
people to win for Jesus. 

Glorious Disaster — God's Vision by Judy Clark 

God used a destructive tornado to bring about good in the 

life of the County Line Brethren Church and its members. 

All 66 in '86 by Doris Smith 

Challenges and rewards of reading through the Bible in 1986. 

How to Recruit and Train Sunday School Teachers 

by Eleanor P. Anderson 

Practical suggestions for meeting the ever-present need for 

Sunday school teachers. 

Saving Rare Judean Leopards by James Chesky 
Thanks to Israeli conservationalists, this animal, mentioned 
several times in the Bible, is being saved from extinction. 



Departmen ts 

Developing a Global Vision 2 
by John Maust 

Cartoon 13 

Peace Points of View 14 

Update 17 

From the Grape Vine 22 

Little Crusader Page 23 

by Jane Solomon 

The Cover 

This month's cover relates to one of our denominational emphases for 
this year — reading through the Bible in 1986. See pages 10 and 11 for an 
article about the challenges and rewards one couple is experiencing from 
reading through the Bible this year, and also for a progress report from one 
Brethren church. 

General Conference Registration: This year's General Conference is 
just a little over two months away, so if you plan to attend, it's time to begin 
making arrangements. To help you, registration forms for housing, lunch- 
eons, workshops, and children's programs are included on pages 15 and 16 of 
this issue. This year's Conference theme is "Faith and Family," and Dr. J. 
Allan Petersen, a nationally known marriage and family life specialist will 
be the main inspirational speaker. Next month's Evangelist will present a 
preview of the Conference program. 
Answers to Little Crusader Page. 

Famous Fathers and Sons: 1. God; Jesus. 2. Isaac; 
Jacob and Esau. 3. Adam; Cain and Abel. 4. Noah; Shem, 
Ham, and Japheth. 5. Zacharias; John. 6. Abraham; 

Fathers and Sons Puzzle: Answers at right. 

Manly Words: 1. manage; 
4. manger; 5. manna; 6. mantle. 

2. mansion; 3. many; 

Jtn>fE 1986 

Using Your Spiritual Gifts 

Third of three articles on spiritual gifts in the church, 
by Dan L. Lawson 

For just as we have many members 
in one body and all the members do 
not have the same function, so we, 
who are many, are one body in 
Christ, and individually members 
one of another. 

Romans 12:4, 5 (NASB) 

CARDINAL John Newman once 
compared the church to an 
equestrian statue. The horse in the 
statue has its front legs raised, 
ready to leap forward, while every 
muscle of its back legs is bulging 
out, throbbing with life. We expect it 
to spring forward at any moment. 
But if we come back 20 years later. 

Pastor Lawson serves The Valley 
Brethren Church, Jones Mills, Pa. 

we find that the statue has not 
moved an inch. 

The church, too, seems to be 
throbbing with life and filled with 
God's power. But so often it, like the 
statue, has not moved an inch in 20 

This was not the case with the 
early church. Twenty years after the 
outpouring of the Holy Spirit at 
Pentecost, it had moved forward by 
astounding leaps and bounds. And 
this was true for one reason: the 
power of the Holy Spirit was at work 
within its members.' 

That same power of God's Holy 
Spirit is within the church today. 
Through the course of time, how- 
ever, it seems as if the church has 
grown numb to His presence. 

Evangelism and church growth 
are key reasons for the existence of 
the church. This is evident from our 
Lord's Great Commission to go into 
all the world and make disciples. We 
have already seen that God has di- 
vinely empowered us with His spir- 
itual gifts for the upbuilding of our 
spiritual lives. And we have noted 
that C. Peter Wagner believes that 
if we use our spiritual gifts within 
the church, it is not unrealistic to 
expect 200 percent growth in a ten- 
year period.^ 

We must acknowledge, however, 
that except for a few isolated pas- 
sages, the Bible does not give us a 
clear set of instructions for incor- 
porating spiritual gifts into the or- 
ganizational structure of the church. 
If God intends for us to use our spir- 
itual gifts in the church, why does 
He not give us the needed direction? 

The truth is, He does. God defi- 
nitely leads His church today, and 
He does so by means of the presence 
of His Holy Spirit. When a church 
recognizes the presence of God's 
Holy Spirit and when its members 
use the spiritual gifts He has plant- 
ed within them, not only will that 
church experience growth in num- 
bers, but it will experience growth 
in spiritual maturity as well. 

Recognizing the present-day 
church's position on spiritual gifts 
and the fact that the church has 
grown lax in the application of these 
gifts, C. Peter Wagner outlines five 
steps to "help get yoiu- church off 
dead center and put in operation the 
wonderftil power that Gk)d has al- 
ready provided in the gifts He has 
given." These steps are as follows: 

Step 1: Agree on a Philosophy of 
Ministry. Understanding that God, 
through His Holy Spirit, is to be in 
control of the church is one thing, 
but coming to an agreement within 
the chxu-ch upon the methodology of 
His control is another. There are a 
variety of denominations in the 
Christian faith because there are a 
variety of people. Therefore, we can- 
not expect every church or every 

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individual to agree on one method of 
chxirch administration. In fact, the 
greater the variety of churches and 
philosophies of ministry, the more 
people will be won to Christ.^ 

Therefore, it is necessciry for your 
church to adopt a philosophy of 
ministry that suits your congrega- 
tion's beliefs. This philosophy of 
ministry should include a clear-cut 
definition of your approach to spirit- 
ual gifts. This definition should out- 
line specifically what your church 
believes about spiritual gifts and 
how it expects these gifts to be used. 

Step 2: Initiate a Growth Process. 
"Discovering, developing and using 
spiritual gifts can be an end in itself, 
and it is a good end. In some cases 
this alone will help a church grow. 
But .... When gifts are discovered 
they have to have channels through 
which to be used effectively."^ It is 
most conducive if those channels are 
in the area of church growth. Few 
things are more frustrating to a ma- 
ture Christian than discovering a 
spiritual gift and not being able to 
use it. 

Step 3: Structure for Gifts and 
Growth. "The smoothest structure 
for growth is one which fully recog- 
nizes the leadership position of the 
pastor and frees him to utilize his 
spiritual gift or gifts. "^ Likewise, a 
church will grow if it recognizes the 
position and abilities of its lay 
people. Committees and boards can 
be incredibly busy, but in spite of 
this they may accomplish very little 
work in terms of the ministry objec- 
tive. Therefore, the church should be 
structured with the gifts of the 
workers in mind and with growth as 
the ultimate goal. 

Step 4: Unwrap the Spiritual 
Gifts. The pastor should seek to (a) 
motivate the congregation from the 
pulpit. The church should (b) study 
the biblical teaching on gifts and (c) 
help adults discover their gifts by (d) 
holding a spiritual gifts workshop 
after which it should (e) set a 
schedule for accountability in which 
the job description and expectations 
are clearly outlined for each gift. Fi- 
nally, the church should (f) continue 
the experiment indefinitely so that 
the spiritual gifts of the new mem- 
bers will be discovered and will also 
be put to use.' 

Step 5: Expect God's Blessing. 

June 1986 

Teaching on spiritual gifts comes di- 
rectly from the word of God. There- 
fore, using our spiritual gifts is the 
way to bring about the kind of 
church growth that builds the whole 
person and the whole Body of Christ. 
Grod wants His lost sheep found and 
brought into the fold. He will do this 
through the gifts He has given to 
each of us. Often, God will give addi- 
tional gifts to those who are serious 
about using the gifts they have al- 
ready discovered. 

Practical Application 

We at The Valley Brethren 
Church in Jones Mills, Pa., can tes- 
tify to the fact that spiritual gifts 
work. God has truly designed a spe- 
cial place for each of us in His 
church and His work. We have ex- 
perienced growth in numbers. But 
what is more special, we have ex- 
perienced spiritual growth that has 
brought us into a closer more per- 
sonal relationship with God. He has 
spoken and ministered to many of 
the church members to the effect 
that this church stands firmly 
united as a strong, dedicated Body of 

After discovering our spiritual 
gifts, our church initiated what we 
consider to be an effective growth 
ministry. A list of jobs that needed 
to be done in order to accomplish 
this ministry was made, with a de- 
scription of each job and the spirit- 
ual gifts conducive for that ministry. 
(We call them ministries rather 
than committees or jobs.) 

These ministries were classified 
into three groups — Evangelistic 
Ministries, Inner Church Ministries, 
and Transition Ministries. The 
Evangelistic Ministries are, of 
course, responsible for evangelism 
and church growth. Inner Church 
Ministries are responsible for meet- 
ing the needs of the present mem- 
bers of the church. And Transition 
Ministries are responsible for visitor 
follow-up and incorporating new 

A list of these ministries was 
placed in the Sunday morning wor- 
ship bulletin, and each member of 
the congregation was given an op- 
portunity to voliuiteer for the par- 
ticular job in which that member be- 
lieved his or her spiritual gifts could 
be used most effectively. The object 
is to use as many people as possible 

as well as all the spiritual gifts that 
have been discovered in our church. 
The following are the ministry 
areas of The Valley Brethren 

Evangelistic Ministries 

Evangelism Team: Is responsible 
for all areas of evangelism. 

Witness Surveyor Team: Surveys 
the community to assess its physical 
and spiritual needs. 

Community Task Force: Seeks to 
meet the physical needs of the com- 

Telephone Contact: Calls un- 
churched and invites them to church 

Witnessing Team: Makes home 
visits to the unchurched. 

Intercessory Prayer Team: Prays 
intently for evangelism and for the 

Home Bible Study Leaders: Lead 
unchurched in a Bible study. 

Inner Church Ministries 

Publicity Team: Sends news re- 
leases about church events to the 

Activities Coordinator: Schedules 
and coordinates church events. 

Member Visitation: Seeks to build 
fellowship and koinonia. 

Hospital Visitation: Visits hos- 
pitalized members. 

Spiritual Gifts Coordinator: 
Learns the spiritual gifts of church 
members and coordinates members 
and ministry. 

Transition Ministries 

Visitor Response Team: Ministers 
to visitors at each worship service. 

New Member Incorporation: 
Makes new members feel a part of 
the church. 

The spiritual gifts of the members 
of The Valley Brethren Church have 
made these ministries quite effec- 
tive. A spiritual maturity has re- 
sulted and this church is well on its 
way to 200 percent growth within 
the next ten years. To God be the 
glory! [t] 

'David Watson, Called and Committed: 
World-Changing Discipleship (Harold 
Shaw Publishers, 1982), p. 78. 

^C. Peter Wagner, Your Spiritual Gifts 
Can Help Your Church Grow (Regal Books, 
1979), p. 177. 

^Ibid., p. 245. ^Ibid., p. 247. 

^Ibid., pp. 247-48. ^bid., p. 249. 

Ibid., pp. 252-56. 

Evangelistic Encounters in ttie Boolcs of Acts 


Salesman for Jesus 

THE two world-renowned evan- 
gelists Luis Palau and Billy 
Graham were addressing approxi- 
mately 18,000 students at the Stu- 
dent Missionary Conference in Ur- 
bana, Illinois. Dr. Palau, speaking of 
the challenge of world evangelism, 
said, "We cannot do it all. I cannot 
go to the whole world or win the 
whole world." 

Then he asked, "How do we do it? 
If you were going to eat an elephant, 
how would you do it?" In answer to 
his own question, he replied, "One 
bite at a time." 

Commenting on this incident. Dr. 
Graham said, "And that is the way 
we evangelize — one soul at a time." 

Just before He ascended into 
heaven at the close of His earthly 
ministry, Jesus gave His trusted fol- 
lowers the Great Commission: "Go 
into all the world and preach the 
good news to all creation" (Mk. 
16:15*). How bewildered the disci- 
ples must have been as they at- 
tempted to carry out this great chal- 
lenge! "How can we go all over the 
world? And where shall we start? 
Africa? Asia? Europe?" 

Then they remembered something 
else their Lord had told them: 
". . . you will be my witnesses 
in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and 
Samaria, and to the ends of the 
earth." This is how they were to 
evangelize the world. They were to 
begin right where they were (Jeru- 
salem) and then expand their out- 
reach (to Judea and Samaria) until 

*Quotations from the Bible are from the 
New International Version. 

Rev. Anderson is pastor of the North- 
gate Community Brethren Church in 
Manteca, California. 

they carried the gospel to the ends of 
the earth. 

That's what they did — except 
that they got bogged down at the 
home base (Jerusalem). So God used 
strong persecution to force them to 
scatter to the ends of the globe. And 
everywhere they went they carried 
the Good News about Jesus Christ. 

Among those compelled to leave 
Jerusalem was Philip, one of the 
seven men chosen by the church to 
assist the Apostles (Acts 6:3-5). 
Philip fled to a city in Samaria and 
was soon engaged in a successful 
preaching ministry. God blessed his 
endeavors, with the result that 
many believed and were baptized. 

Later on Philip suddenly left 
Samaria and headed south toward 
Gaza. While enroute, he encoun- 
tered an Ethiopian eunuch whom he 
led to faith in Christ (Acts 8:26-40). 
By studying this encounter, we 
learn valuable lessons about how 
we, too, can be used of Gtod to wit- 
ness and win others to the Lord. 

When God has a task to do. He al- 
ways starts with a person whom He 
can use as an instrument of right- 
eousness (Rom. 6:13). God was able 
to use Philip because he was filled 
with the Spirit and with wisdom. We 
know Philip was this kind of person 
because Acts 6:3 tells us that the 
seven men chosen by the church to 
assist the Apostles possessed these 
spiritual qualities. 

Controlled by the Holy Spirit 

The chief reason for Philip's suc- 
cess as an evangelist (the only per- 
son in the New Testament given this 
title — Acts 21:8) was because his 
life was controlled by the Holy 
Spirit. He brought himself under 

By William H. Anderson 

obedience to the Spirit's direction 
and was wholly yielded to Him. For 
to be Spirit-filled means that every 
faculty, power, and energy of one's 
being is under His perfect control. 

When it was time for Philip's 
ministry in Samaria to cease, an 
angel of the Lord directed him to 
leave that place and take the desert 
road (the less-traveled way) toward 
Gaza. Human reasoning may have 
tempted him to question the angel's 
instructions. After all, the Samari- 
tans were responding in great num- 

Was it right to leave this place of 
revival in order to go into an iso- 
lated area? Would God call a person 
away from a city (v. 5) to talk to one 
individual (v. 27) and to witness in 
small towns (v. 40)? But the Spirit- 
filled person goes where the Lord di- 
rects and witnesses to whomever the 
Lord sends his way. So ft-om a minis- 
try with a multitude, Philip was led 
to an encounter with one. 

One of the secrets, then, to 
Philip's success as a witness lay in 
his surrender to the Spirit's control. 
The Holy Spirit not only lived in 
him (as He does in every Christian), 
but the Spirit also directed and con- 
trolled him. 

J. Ernest Runions, a university 
professor in British Columbia, 
suggests that the phrase "angel of 
the Lord" in verse 26 is almost cer- 
tainly synonymous with "the Spirit" 
in this account. If this is true, then 
the Spirit directed Philip three dis- 
tinct times: (1) when He called 
Philip to leave Samaria and go to- 
ward Gaza (v. 26); (2) when He com- 
manded him to approach the Ethio- 
pian in his chariot (v. 29); and (3) 
when He took Philip away following 

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By studying Philip's en- 
counter with the Ethiopian, 
we learn valuable lessons 
about how we, too, can be 
used of God to witness and 
win others to Christ. 

the baptism of the Ethiopian (v. 39). 

It is evident, then, that "PhiUp 
was consciously dependent upon the 
Holy Spirit for direction, for ability 
and for effectiveness. He was oc- 
cupied by the Spirit, full of the 
Spirit, and in a conscious relation- 
ship of dependence upon the Spirit" 

To be effective witnesses, it is im- 
perative that we be sensitive to the 
Spirit's working. The Holy Spirit 
speaks to us through our conse- 
crated minds. Therefore we need to 
cultivate a sensitivity to the Spirit's 
"voice" so that we can discern the 
will of the Lord. Apart from the 
Spirit's wooing, lives cannot be 
transformed. It is He who convicts 
the unbeliever of sin and unright- 
eousness (Jn. 16:8), and who makes 
possible the New Birth (Jn. 3:5). 

A student of God's word 

The second reason Philip was such 
an effective evangelist was because 
he was an able student of the 
word of God. The Ethiopian was 
reading from chapter 53 of the Book 
of Isaiah, which prophesies the suf- 
ferings of Christ. Philip had no time 
to bone up on the meaning of this 
passage and no chance to dig out his 
concordance, lexicon, or commen- 
tary. But he was already well- 
acquainted with this description of 

Not only did Philip know the 
Scriptures, but he was also person- 
ally committed to the Christ of 
Scripture! Christ had been the 
theme of his message in his earlier 
ministry in Samaria (w. 5, 12). And 
now, taking the passage which the 
Ethiopian was reading, Philip "told 

him the good news about Jesus" (v. 

You and I will never lead another 
person to the Lord unless we are 
personally acquainted with and com- 
mitted to Christ and are diligent 
students of God's word. Men and 
women desperately need to know 
Christ, for "Salvation is found in no 
one else, for there is no other name 
under heaven given to men by which 
we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). 

Jesus only is our Message, 
Jesus all our theme shall be! 

We will lift up Jesus ever, 
Jesus only will we see. 

A.B. Simpson 

An obedient servant 

Another reason Philip was used of 
God was because he was an obe- 
dient servant. When the Lord di- 
rected him to travel the 80 miles 
from Samaria to the Mediterranean 
coastal town of Gaza, "he started 
out . . ." (v. 27). Unquestioning 

As I said previously, there were 
many arguments Philip might have 
presented to the Lord for not leav- 
ing Samaria and going to Gaza. Why 
leave Samaria when souls are being 
won and miracles performed? And 
why of all places follow the lonely 
road through ravines and moun- 
tains? How could he possibly find 
anyone there to whom he could wit- 

But Philip did not allow any such 
hxmian reasoning to deter him from 
God's plan. He went! And it was 
while doing so that he met his next 
convert. When God directs, we may 
not know the entire path ahead. But 
as we step out in faith. He will guide 
us step by step. 

God's timing is always perfect. 
You see, Samaria now had the gos- 
pel; Ethiopia must have it too. As 
far as we know, this was the first 
African mission. The Ethiopian was 
a key man, for he was an important 
government official. Because Philip 
obeyed, he came in touch with the 

right man at the right time in the 
right place with the right message. 
Being wholly submitted to the power 
of the Holy Spirit, Philip was ready 
to bow to the Spirit's will in ftill 

Look for prepared hearts 

To be used of God as soul-winners, 
we must look for prepared hearts. 

Jesus said, "No one can come to me 
unless the Father who sent me 
draws him . . ." (Jn. 6:44). Jesus also 
told the parable of the different 
kinds of soil. The seed (the word of 
God) only produced a harvest in the 
soil that was good — prepared, not 
stony or hardened. 

God would have us look for hearts 
that are ready to receive His word. 
We witness whenever and wherever 
we can. But evangelism is successful 
only with those whom the Spirit has 
already prepared. 

The Ethiopian was ready. He was 
a hungry soul. His recent worship 
experience in the Temple at 
Jerusalem, with its empty rituals 
and human ordinances, had not 
satisfied his spiritual hunger and 
thirst. We must make it our busi- 
ness to pray daily for God to bring 
across our path earnest inquirers 
whom we can lead to the knowledge 
of Jesus Christ. 

Avoid peripheral matters 

If we desire to be fruitful witness- 
es, we must not waste time on pe- 
ripheral matters. The Ethiopian, 
remember, was a Gentile who had 
become a Jewish proselyte in order 
to worship in the Temple. Even so, 
because he was a eunuch (a cas- 
trated male), he was denied the 
usual privileges of a Jew (Deut 
23:1). He could not enter the Temple 
sanctuary, but was forced to stand in 
the outer court to worship. 

Philip could have brought up the 
Jew-Gentile issue. He could have 
discussed the racial question (the 
Ethiopian was probably black, since 
he came from the north coast of 
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June 1986 

What seemed to be a tragedy turned out to be a 

Glorious Disaster — God's Vision* 

By Judy Clark 

Where there is no vision, the people 
perish. Proverbs 29:18 

DURING the early 1960's, the 
County Line Brethren Church 
near Lakeville, Indiana, was strug- 
gling with the decision whether 
to add on to its chvirch building or 
to build a new facility. Perhaps 
the congregation's faith wasn't 
strong enough to just step out and 

Then 21 years ago — on April 11, 
1965, at 6:10 p.m. — the Palm Sun- 
day tornado struck, completely de- 
stroying the church building. With 
it came a tremendous change in the 
lives of many people. 

The ultimate decision was made 
for the members of the County Line 
Church: They would have to step out 
in faith and build a new and larger 
church building, or perish. 

The tornado also destroyed the 
Charles King home. Charles and 
Virginia, with their children — 

Mrs. Clark is a member of the County Line 
Brethren Church near Lakeville, Indiana. 

Ralph, Evelyn, Russell, and Emily 
— made it to the basement and were 
all saved from injury. When they 
considered all that could have hap- 
pened, they felt profoundly blessed. 
Charles said, "It makes you really 
think what God can and does do to 
get our attention." 

Charles and Virginia have always 
been active in the church. Their 
children, likewise, all serve the Lord 
faithfully. They are all married and 
have blessed their parents with sev- 
eral grandchildren. Their son, Rus- 
sell, has been approved for ordina- 
tion as a pastor in The Brethren 

Jean (Donahue) Anderson was 14 
years old in 1965 and president of 
the church youth group. She thought 
the youth meeting for April 11 was 
scheduled for 6:00 p.m., but she 
knew she would be late because she 
was having trouble deciding what to 

When Jean heard that the church 
building had been destroyed, she 
was sure that the youth group was 

*This article is a follow-up to one 
written for the Evangeust 20 years 
ago by Mrs. Clark, in which she 
told about the loss of her small son 
and three other people who were in 
her home when the Palm Sunday 
tornado hit. That Eirticle was en- 
titled "Glorious Disaster." 

The present article picks up that 
title and adds to it the words "God's 
Vision," tjdng it to the theme — 
"Vision: Past and Future" — of the 
County Line Brethren Church's 
July 6-13 celebration of the twen- 
tieth anniversary of its new build- 
ing. The verse from Proverbs which 
begins this article is the theme 
verse for that celebration. 

Rev. Steve Barber is the current 
pastor of the County Line Church. 

inside. But the meeting was 
scheduled for 6:30 p.m., not 6:00, so 
no one was there. If Jean hadn't 
been running late, she would have 
been in the building. But God said, 
"No!" He had further work for her. 
Jean is now married and she and 
her husband Duane are both leaders 

The County Line Brethren Church building as it appeared before and after the April 11, 1965, tornado. 

The Brethren Evangeust 

at County Line Brethren Church 
and dedicated workers for the Lord. 
They also have two daughters, Jen- 
nifer and Jill. 

Rev. Kent Bennett was pastor of 
the County Line Church at the time. 
He was safe in the parsonage base- 
ment due to the quick thinking of 
Butch and Bonnie Smith, who were 
passing by the church building when 
they saw the tornado coming. Only 
the garage of the parsonage was 

After destroying the church build- 
ing and the Kings' house, the tornado 
headed for our home and leveled it 
too. Twelve people were in the house 
at the time. Two adult acquaintances 
of ours and two children died in our 
home that day. One of the children 
was our own four-year-old son, Petie. 
We were all trapped for a time in and 
imder the debris — Petie and I for 90 

Petie's death brought about a 
glorious change in my life and the 
life of my husband Dick. Our son's 
death was the first of many trials 
that step by step brought us closer to 
the Lord and to one another. We 
now have three children — Rick, 
who is married, Joy, and Rochelle — 
and two grandchildren. We have 
been blessed many, many times 
since then. 

The County Line congregation did 
indeed step out in faith and build a 
larger and better church building. 

After the tornado destroyed their old facility, the County Line Brethren stepped out 
in faith and built this larger, modern church building. 

thanks to the vision God placed in 
the members' hearts. Many friends 
and people of the community and 
across the United States helped us 
with donations and by their prayers. 
Church services were held at the 
LaPaz Elementary School building 
until July 10, 1966, when the new 
church building was occupied. 

This summer from July 6 through 
13 — Twenty years from the date 
the present building was occupied — 
the County Line Brethren will hold 
a week-long celebration to express 
their praise to God and their thanks 
to all those who have made the 
church a success for the Lord. 

Many activities are planned for 
the week. Former pastor Rev. Kent 
Bennett will be back to speak. And 
there will be a free community hog 
roast and a special mortgage-burn- 
ing ceremony. But the main goal of 
the celebration is to renew our com- 
mitment to "God's vision" for our 
church — which is to help troubled 
Christians and reach lost souls in 
the Lakeville-LaPaz communities. 

The members of the County Line 
Brethren Church are warm, caring, 
dedicated, Christ-like people. I know 
this is true, for my family and I have 
been recipients of their love and 
prayers. [t] 

Philip: Salesman For Jesus 

(continued from page 7) 
Aft-ica). Or he could have engaged 
the Ethiopian in a prolonged discus- 
sion as to whether Isaiah was refer- 
ring to the Messiah or to the Jewish 
nation. But since his purpose was to 
evangelize this lost soul, Philip 
dwelt on the Scriptures and on 

Unbelievers are not won to the 
Lord by discussions of church de- 
nominations or modes of baptism. 
Ovu- message to the earnest inquirer 
should be, "Believe in the Lord 
Jesus, and you will be saved — you 
and your household" (Acts 16:31). 
Only after confession of faith should 

we discuss the importance of water 
baptism and church membership, 
both of which are vital for proper 
spiritual growth. 

Blind to color and race 

Finally, we need to remember that 
the true witness is blind to both 
color and race. God had prepared 
Philip's heart for his encounter with 
the Ethiopian by sending him first 
to Samaria. There he was forced to 
work with racial and religious "half- 
breeds" — outcasts in the eyes of the 

Now in the Ethiopian he comes 
face to face with a man of a different 
race (a Gentile), a different lifestyle 
(a eunuch), and probably of a differ- 

ent color (a black man). God says 
that such persons are worthy candi- 
dates for salvation (Isa. 56:3-8). 
What right, therefore, do we have to 
reject any person whom God accepts} 
Because Philip was a faithful wit- 
ness, the Ethiopian believed, was 
baptized, and went on his way rejoic- 
ing as a new man in Christ! What 
an example Philip ought to be for 
each of us! Someone has said that 
there's a vast difference between a 
clerk and a salesman. A clerk stays 
inside a store and waits for custom- 
ers, whereas a salesman goes out to 
find customers. Philip was a sales- 
man for Jesus who went out in 
search of the lost. We should be 
salesmen for Jesus too! [t] 

June 1986 


All 66 in '86 

The challenges and rewards of reading through the Bible in 1986. 

By Doris Smith 

As JANUARY 1986 approached, 
a feeling of excitement was 
building in our household! My hus- 
band and I were anticipating read- 
ing all 66 in '86. We were going to 
enjoy reading daily the greatest love 
story ever written. First John 4:10, 
John 3:16, and Romans 5:8 are three 
of the little gems that tell us so. 

We were actually longing for that 
time alone with God each day in 
order to listen to Him speak. And 
our rewards would be great! We 
would be healthy, wealthy, and 

Actually, God's word is a remedy 
for a sin-sick world. And if George 
Miiller's reflection is true that our 
spiritual vigor is in direct proportion 
to the time we spend in reading and 
studying the Bible, then we would 
be vigorous. Second Timothy 3:16, 
17 confirms that "All Scripture" is 
essential to our spiritual life and 

Now we've been avid readers of 
His word. But this time we would 
discover more priceless gems and 
"lay up treasures in heaven." By 
obedience in our daily walk, we'd be 
outdoing any lottery buildup. We 
already felt rich, since we're joint 
heirs with Christ. Perhaps we would 
now become spiritual millionaires! 

"Healthy, wealthy, and . . . ." 
Well, as for wise, had not "the one 
true and living God spoken [in the 
Bible] through more than 40 men 
from peasant to king over a period of 
1500 years"? Yes, God would share 
His wisdom with us through them. 

And so, hungry for that spiritual 
food, that "essential bread of life," 
we decided that wholeheartedly we 

Doris and Owen Smith in the breakfast nook of their kitchen, where they usually 
do their Bible reading. As they read, they make frequent use of their Bible atlas and 
other reference books. 

Mrs. Smith is a member of the Park 
Street Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio. 

would offer ourselves, our time 
daily (small sacrifice!) to Him who 
loved us so much that He gave all. 

The Initial Investment 

It's easy to squander time — that 
precious stuff of which life is made. 
It takes discipline never to neglect 
setting apart time for Him even on 
hectic, tight-scheduled days, during 
illnesses, when physically exhausted, 
when company comes, or while on 
vacation. But counting the cost adds 
up to the fact that the mundane is 
fleeting. His word is eternal and 
worth the extra effort. 

We chose as our time for Him the 
minute we entered the back door 
after work or church (starved or 
not!). Our place: the breakfast nook, 
with Bible, reference books, Bible 
atlas all on the bar. (This was a per- 
sonal sacrifice for me, since I have a 
mania for clean surfaces, and to put 
anything on the bar is a no-no!) The 


mini library is a permanent fixture 
for the year! 

Of course, we expected interrup- 
tions, and had them! Demands of 
pets, phone calls, visitors. 

The Interruptions 

A typical day ran something like 

"Husband, please feed poor little 
crippled Erin Kitty quickly before 
we read so he'll quit banging on the 
cellar door." 

"Honey, would you please answer 
the phone and tell them I'll call 
them back." 

"Say, Sweetie, tell that insurance 
man we don't want any rest home 
insurance. I'm going to run on up 
stairs. Bring the Bible with you. 
Now be firm with him." 

Or (on one occasion), "No, Dear, I 
don't think we should do two tomor- 
row. I know it's after midnight, but I 
really long for those moments alone 

The Brethren Evangelist 

with God, don't you?" 

"Kiddo, I'll read this week 
since you've had your eye 
surgery and can see with only 
one eye." 

"Sweetheart, my temp's still 
102° and I feel rotten. Could you 
read tonight?" 

Otherwise it was fim taking 
turns and we're still doing so. 

This silly little ditty popped 
into my mind one day. 

Are YOU trying 66 in 86? 

I know it'll give you a spiritual 

Gonna put it off 'til 87? 

Well, anytime, ifs good prep- 
aration for heaven. 

But don't wait to start in '88. 

You might be swingin' on the 
Pearly Gates! 

Why would one not take the 
time? (Reread Rev. Ronald Waters' 
article, "It's About Time," April 
1986 Evangelist, p. 8). Should one 
stumble in the darkness if he can be 
guided by the light? "Thy word is a 
lamp unto my feet, and a light unto 
my path" (Ps. 119:105). Should one 
try to find his way in unfamiliar ter- 
ritory (life itself!) without a map, a 
compass, a Guide? "I am the way. . ." 
(Jn. 14:6). Should one go spiritually 
undernourished if he knows that the 
food of life is available right under 
his nose — a smorgasbord, all-you- 
can-eat offer (His word — all 66 
books!)? John 1:1 says the Word = 
God = the Bread of Life (Jn. 6:48). 

"Prayerfully we continue 
in the dally study of 
His word with the pur- 
pose of bringing glory, 
honor, and praise to 
our Creator . . . ." 

This time alone with Him is an 
enjoyable time of learning, of discov- 
ering His will for our lives, of allow- 
ing the Holy Spirit to teach the 
truth (Jn. 16:13). 

We are finding this one of the 
most worthwhile investments we 
could ever make. The market goes 

The Smiths keep a small library of Bible reference 
books in the kitchen, where they are close at hand 
when they do their daily Bible reading. Since this 
article was written, the books have been moved from 
the kitchen bar to the top of the dishwasher. 

up and down, the economy staggers. 
Our investment is firm, secure, an in- 
vestment that pays off in strength- 
ened faith, since "faith cometh by 
hearing, and hearing by the word of 
God" (Rom. 10:17). 

Returns on Our Investment 

Here's a sure investment of self, in 
time and energy and total spiritual 
fitness. And for us there have been 
fringe benefits. They include: 

A higher level of Bible literacy. 

(Greater knowledge of Bible 
lands and of God's people.) 

A keener appreciation of God's 
patience with us (reinforced by 
reading the Old Testament). 

Improved fluency in oral read- 
ing. (And, surprisingly, a carry- 
over into some other areas from 
our strict discipline of reading 

Memorization of His word (at 
least three minutes daily by egg 
timer). Psalm 119:11 — "Thy 
word have I hid in my heart, that 
I might not sin against thee." My 
goal: to learn the entire Sermon 
on the Mount (Matt. 5, 6, 7). 

Attempted stricter adherence 
to physical exercise and a whole- 
some diet. 

Deliberate practice of His ad- 
monitions, the most recent one 
applicable to my daily walk 
(and, oh, does this take practice 
and oh, oh, how often I fail, while 
my husband is near perfect on this 
one): "Speak only that which is 
good and applicable to the occa- 
sion, which will bring a blessing to 
those who hear it" (Eph. 4:29). 

Prayerfully we continue in the 
daily study of His word with the 
purpose of bringing glory, honor, 
and praise to our Creator, for 
truly, "It pleases Him when our 
hearts are an altar of praise." [t] 

Bible Reading Report from Bethlehem 

The following report was received 
from the Bethlehem Brethren Church 
of Harrisonburg, Va., in response to 
the editor's request that churches use 
the Evangelist cw a means of sharing 
their experiences in reading through 
the Bible in 1986. 

To start off the year, we had a 
bulletin board with 1986 calendar 
pages scattered over it and a pic- 
ture of a Bible on it. Those who in- 
tended to read through the Bible 
were asked to sign their names on 
the bulletin board and also to put 
the date they started reading. 
Thirty-one people, ranging in age 
from 9 to 90 wrote their names. 

We cross off each calendar 

month as it is finished, and we en- 
courage one another to continue 
reading. At Wednesday night fel- 
lowship, many of those reading 
through the Bible share verses of 
Scripture they found meaningful 
in the reading for that week. 

Most of our people are using the 
National Association of Evangeli- 
cals' reading guide, but some are 
reading straight through. Mrs. 
P.G. Wenger has already finished! 

One of the biggest blessings is 
realizing that many, many Breth- 
ren are reading along with us, and 
also knowing that God will honor 
the commitment of His people. 

— Kathy Velanzon 

June 1986 


How to Recruit and Train 
Sunday School Teachers 

By Eleanor P. Anderson 

You want me to teach?" Janet's 
voice held a note of disbelief. 
"Mr. Jackson, I just don't know the 
Bible well enough." 

"But we have lots of materials 
to help you," the superintendent 
began. Then he shook his head, 
smiled at Janet, and went on down 
the hall. That was only one of many 
excuses he'd heard recently. 

At the pastor's study, he paused at 
the open door. "Pastor Bill, I need 
your help. Can we set a time to talk 
this week?" 

Superintendent Jackson is not 
alone in needing help to recruit 
teachers. Motivating people to in- 
vest time to prepare and present a 
Sunday school lesson is very dif- 
ficult. Certainly this is a matter of 
importance to the pastor and to 
other church officers as well. 

Pastor Bill and others like him 
can help with specific suggestions. 
Boards of Christian education may 
need to form new policies and imple- 
ment unused ones. 

The church can focus attention 
and interest on the Sunday school by 
including subject matter from a 
class in the church newsletter. Let a 
class share something it has learned 
with the whole church once in a 

Make teaching appealing 

Next, Pastor Bill and Superintend- 
ent Jackson need to consider ways 
to make teaching appealing. Some 

Mrs. Anderson is a free-lance writer liv- 
ing in Beckley, West Virginia. 

churches ask their teachers to con- 
tract for only one year at a time^ At 
the end of the year, the teacher may 
reconsider. Circumstances change; 
illness may handicap the teacher. If 
the teacher signs up for another 
year, he or she will probably do it 
wholeheartedly. This would have to 
be done for every teacher, if the 
board follows this policy. 

Team teacliing 

The pastor might suggest institut- 
ing team teaching, if this is not al- 
ready practiced. Teaching as a team 
gives support and makes provision 
for an occasional Sunday away. 
Team teaching does not, however, 
mean less preparation. The two or 
more members must plan carefully 
to know what each person's respon- 
sibility will be. 

Training teachers, of course, is as 
important as recruiting them. The 
pastor can provide leadership in 
this. In some areas several churches 
combine their efforts for teacher 
training courses. Even a one-day or 
one-evening session can be valuable. 
Competent teachers are brought in 
to demonstrate and explain one or 
more aspect of teaching: plaiming a 
unit, using audio-visuals, or practic- 
ing evangelism, for example. 

A church may have its own train- 
ing program. Experts in the field 
come to the church to lead work- 
shops in the skills needed for teach- 
ing. Knowing they will have an op- 
portunity to get training is an incen- 
tive to people wavering in a decision 
to teach. 

Pastor Bill might suggest another 
option. For those persons who are 
reluctant to teach because of in- 
experience, "a few months of ap- 
prenticeship might be the answer. 
Just as student teachers in the 
public school system train under 
seasoned teachers, so the novice 
Sunday school teacher can work 
with one who has been teaching for 
some time. 

The "apprentice" would begin by 
simply observing for one or two Sun- 
days. Then he or she might help the 
students answer their study ques- 
tions or aid them in a craft project. 
Another Simday the trainee might 
lead the opening part of the lesson, 
then gradually try conducting vari- 
ous other aspects of the teaching 
time until he or she is ready to 
"solo." During all these weeks the 
teacher and the apprentice are con- 
ferring by telephone or in person, 
planning and discussing togetheJT 
Some who have been quite timid at 
the thought of teaching have gained 
corifidence in this way. 

One church started an adult class 
for the specific purpose of training 
people to be teachers. They studied 
directly from the Bible. The class 
members grew in their knowledge of 
the Scriptures and also helped to 
teach the lesson in various ways. 
Sometimes one person looked up 
part of the Scripture and prepared 
his interpretation of it. ^nother 
week a question was given to two or 
three to research. When classes in 
other departments needed teachers, 
these adults were ready and eager to 
step in. 

A number of options to try 

Pastor Bill and Superintendent 
Jackson have a number of options to 
try. ^hey can acquaint the church 
with leadership needsT They cein 
offer one-year responsiBilities^ en- 
courage team teaching, offer train- 
ing opportunities, and begin an ap- 
prentice systerrTTi 

Supplying a Sunday school with 
competent, dedicated teachers can- 
not be left to chance^ We remember 
that Jesus, the greatest Teacher, 
spent time training his small band 
of followers. Recruiting and training 
Sunday school teachers needs en- 
thusiasm, planning, and much 
prayer. A Spirit-filled, competent 
staff is a goal worth pursuing, [t] 


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Holyland Feature 

Saving Rare Judean Leopards 

Leopards are mentioned several 
places in the Bible. Perhaps the most 
familiar references are the one in 
Isaiah 11:6 ("The wolf also shall dwell 
with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie 
down with the kid; . . ."), and the one 
in Jeremiah 13:23 ("Can the Ethiopian 
change his skin, or the leopard his 

During the 19 centuries that followed 
the writing of the last biblical reference 
to the animal (in Revelation 13:2), 
leopards became nearly extinct in the 
land of the Bible. But now, thanks to 
the work of Israeli conservationalists, 
leopards continue to dwell in the land 
and are even on the increase, as James 
Chesky explains in the following 

IN the remote parts of the barren 
Judean Desert, where ancient 
Jewish warriors hid from the Romans 
in the first and second centimes, the 
last Israeli leopards have found refuge 
from man. 

Ck^taucUi) U. . . 


Following in His 

©1985 Northwind Studios International 

The rare leopards, believed to be 
nearly extinct until 15 years ago, have 
been increasing as a result of Israeli 
conservationalist policies; nearly two 
thousand square kilometers of the 
desert, or about one tenth of the total 
area of Israel, was declared a nature 
reserve in 1973. 

Over the past ten years, there have 
been 1,200 sightings of leopards in the 
Judean Desert, smd it is believed that 
today 25 leopards actually live in the 
protected area. So far, six of the esti- 
mated 25 leopards have been outfitted 
with radio colltirs, which send out sig- 
nals allowing them to be traced. 

More than a decade ago, Giora Hani, 
the head zoologist for Israel's Nature 
Reserves Authority, began studying 
the Judean Desert leopards, which he 
says are a specific sub-species {Pan- 
therus Pardus Jarvissi). He stalked 
the illusive predators by listening for 
the alarm calls of their main prey, the 
hyreix and the ibex. But now, the more 
technique of te- 
lemetry — the use 
of radio collars 
— will hopefully 
5rield more exten- 
sive information. 
Although the 
Israeli program 
is still in its in- 
fancy in compari- 
son to similar 
studies in Ceylon 
and some coun- 
tries in Africa, it 
is, in many ways, 
more extensive. 
"There, most of 
the contact with 
the leopards is 
through teleme- 
try because the 
trees and other 
vegetation keep 
the animals hid- 
den," Hani ex- 
plains. "But in 
the barren land- 
scape of the des- 
ert, I sometimes 
am able to ob- 
serve them for up 
to eight hours." 

The Jarvissi 
leopards, found 



June 1986 

By James Chesky 

only in Israel, are smaller than most 
other leopards, weighing only about 
35 kilograms. Their coats are lighter, 
and serve as a CEunouflage against the 
desert. The males control non-overlap- 
ping territories of up to 350 square 
kilometers, while the females hold 
about 250 squEire kilometers. This is 
the largest home range documented 
for any leopards studied so far. Be- 
cause the females often leave their 
lairs for up to ten days in search of 
food, the males help protect the cubs. 
In more fertile regions, such as Africa 
and Ceylon, male leopards are not in- 
volved in the lives of their offspring. 
Jarvissi leopards have cubs every 
year, whereas other sub-species cub 
only once in two years. 

Although the biblical prophecy, 
"and the leopard shall lie down with 
the kid" (Isaisih 11.6) has not come 
true, the leopards help their prey, as 
part of the ecosystem. "Because the 
area is a nature reserve, the hjTax 
and ibex are increasing annually," 
says Hani. "But they are hunted by 
the leopards, which keep their num- 
bers down, preventing overgrazing. 
Also, their Eu-e no sick or crippled ani- 
mals, because they can't survive with 
the leopards around. So the predators 
keep the herbavore population 

Hani feels a personal relationship 
with his leopards and has given each a 
name. The leopards Alexander Yanai 
and Shlomzion are named after an an- 
cient Jewish king and queen. Another 
leopardess was given the name 
Humibaba, Eifter a mythical spotted 

The leopards study is one of the 
most expensive projects funded by the 
Israel Nature Reserves Authority. It 
cost about ten thousand dollars to 
start and half that amount each yeeir 
for maintenance of the current level of 
research, excluding Hani's salary. 
Even though all Israeli government 
ministries and agencies are cutting 
their budgets sharply, he has re- 
quested an ultra-light aircreift to 
facilitate observation of the leopards 
when they are in deep gorges or be- 
hind rocks. 

"The survey may be expensive," 
Hani admits. "But only by thorough 
study of the top predator can one un- 
derstand the ecosystem in our area." 



Brethren Resolve for Peace 

This copy of the "Brethren Resolve for Peace," distributed by the Brethren Peace Com- 
mittee, is a revised "working copy" of that introduced in 1984 by the Jefferson Brethren 
Church. It will be presented for adoption at the 1986 General Conference. 

The revisions are the work of the Peace Committee, those attending the Peace Resolution 
Workshop at the 1985 Conference, and a few others who responded individually. All ideas 
were considered carefully and changes made which we hope will be acceptable to the major- 
ity (all?) of Brethren. 

But if you have further suggestions, let us hear from, you NOW! Please don't wait until 
General Conference, necessitating quick decisions and consuming unnecessary business- 
meeting time. If there is anything you would like to have considered for rewording, adding, 
or eliminating, write to Phil Lersch, chairman. Brethren Peace Committee, 6301 56th 
Avenue, N., St. Petersburg, FL 33709. 

BRETHREN are a peace-loving 
people. Historically, this value 
was expressed in the practice of non- 
resistance, which established Breth- 
ren in the tradition of the peace 
churches such as Mennonites, Quak- 
ers, and the Church of the Brethren. 
Twentieth century Brethren con- 
tinue to uphold the ideal of peace, 
but the church embraces persons of 
opposing convictions concerning the 
role and means of "peacemaking." 

On the one hand, some Brethren 
understand peacemaking as a prac- 
tice of nonresistance or nonviolence. 
Brethren annually reaffirm that his- 
toric position as a nonresistant 
peace church and, as such, provide 
counsel and support for those per- 
sons who, as a matter of personal 
conscience, hold a conviction of non- 

On the other hand, some Brethren 
understand peacemaking as the re- 
sponsibility of the state to defend 
against and deter evil. These Breth- 
ren affirm the role of the state to 
maintain peace and deter aggression 
through a strong national defense 
by sanctioning chaplains in all 
branches of military service and by 
providing counsel and support for 
those who, as a matter of personal 
conscience, hold to the conviction of 
peace through a strong military de- 
fense or "resistance." 

The popular and official sanction 
of both of these opposing views 
within our denomination produced a 
serious rift over the 1982 and 1983 
Peace and Nuclear Arms Resolu- 
tions at General Conference. Our 

disagreements are obvious. We are 
not likely to convert one another to 
our separate persuasions; yet Breth- 
ren, as peace-loving people, can and 
must agree on positive steps for 

Therefore, as Brethren Peacemak- 
ers, let us resolve: 
I. To oppose tyranny, injustice, 
exploitation, and dehumaniza- 
tion as interpreted from a bibli- 
cal perspective whenever and 
wherever they exist. 

1. To vote against candidates, 
regardless of political affilia- 
tions, when they encourage 
or support such practices at 
home or abroad. 

2. To express our opposition to 
these practices in writing, 
surveys, telephone, and per- 
sonal contact with political 
candidates and public offi- 

3. To encourage those whose 
conscience moves them to 
action to oppose these prac- 
tices politically by raising 
questions and drawing atten- 
tion to such evils, and using 
our resources for truth and 

4. To use our resources for 
truth and justice. 

5. To encourage local congrega- 
tions to establish a Peace or 
Social Concerns Committee 
to aid in the implementation 
of points 1, 2, 3, and 4 above. 

II. To encourage our government to 
seek to reduce the threat of all 
war, including nuclear war, and 

to pursue peace through all pos- 
sible diplomatic means. 

1. To continue the efforts of de- 
tente through intemationjd 
dialogue, negotiations, and 
diplomacy aimed at the less- 
ening of international ten- 

2. To continue in summit meet- 
ings, diplomatic talks, negoti- 
ations, and other such means 
of weapon and warfare con- 
trol and reduction. 

3. To pursue all possibilities of 
bilateral, verifiable reduction 
of offensive and/or nuclear 

4. To maintain control of the 
availability and sale of nu- 
clear technology, arms, and 
offensive weaponry with the 
ultimate goal of eliminating 
the sale of arms trade. 

5. To maintain the military for 
the purposes of defense and 
deterrance of aggression 
only. The U.S. should avoid 
being the aggressor in mili- 
tary action. 

III. To encourage our government to 
pursue peace and the improve- 
ment of EastAVest relationships 
via the following: 

1. Continual diplomatic com- 

2. Trade and commerce in non- 
strategic items. 

3. Cross-cultural exchanges in 
education, travel, and dip- 
lomatic visits. 

4. Collaboration and coopera- 

(continued on page 16) 


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No. Wednesday 

1 1 Biblical Principles of Money 

Management Part I 
1 2 Dealing with Depression 

13 Storytelling 

14 For Life: Christian Peace- 
making in a Nuclear Age 

15 Money Matters! The Biblical 

Message and the Spiritual 

1 6 World Relief Concerns 

17 How to Grow a WMS 

18 Worship as a Lifestyle 



. 21 Biblical Principles of Money 
Management Part II 

. 22 Special Concerns of 
Pastoral Families 

. 23 Teaching the Bible with 

. 24 Peace Concerns 

. 25 Stewardship: A Way of 

. 26 The Ministry of Tentmaking 

. 27 Abortion Alternatives 


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1986 General Conference Registration (continued from previous page) 

Park Street Brethren Church 


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Peace Points of View 

(continued from page 14) 
tion in non-strategic areas 
unrelated to national defense 
and security. 
rV. To make peacemaking concerns 

a regular part of prayer. Let us 

pray for the following: 

1. Bilateral (mutual) verifiable 

2. The lessening of tension in 
EastAVest relations. 

3. Those who encourage and 
support tyranny, injustice, 
exploitation, and dehumani- 
zation that they might be 
changed and follow God's 
leading for their lives. 

4. Freedom and human rights 
of those who must live under 
political tyranny. 

5. Those who work for the cause 
of freedom and justice in the 
West and East. 

V. To provide avenues for Brethren 
to work in peacemaking roles in 

1. To seek to understand and 
apply peacemaking princi- 
ples in interpersonal re- 
lationships, as well as inter- 
national relations. 

2. To actively support those in- 
terested in cross-cultural vol- 

untary service through exist- 
ing organizations. 

3. To encourage Ashland Col- 
lege and/or Ashland Theolog- 
ical Seminary to expand edu- 
cational exchange programs 
to Third World, Eastern 
European, and Asian cul- 

4. To encourage the develop- 
ment of tours for Brethren to 
visit Third World, Eastern 
European, and Asian nations 
for cross-cultural experi- 

5. To encourage and support 
Brethren who pursue 
peacemaking professions in 
the private and governmen- 
tal sections, such as Dip- 
lomatic Corps, foreign ex- 
chcuige programs. Peace 
Corps, Military Chaplaincy, 

6. To encourage Ashland Col- 
lege to develop peacemaking 
programs as a part of the 
John M. Ashbrook Center for 
Public Affairs. 

7. To continue in the official 
support of Brethren young 
people of both peace convic- 
tions by the following: 

a. encouragement and sup- 

port for those who affirm 
a nonresistant position, 
"within the law." 
b. encouragement and sup- 
port for those who enlist 
or are conscripted for 
military service. 
For both nonresistant Brethren 
and those who believe in peace 
through military strength, this re- 
solve may be too weak at some 
points and too strong at others. But 
differences are resolved through 
dialogue, and peace is achieved 
through mutually acceptable com- 
promise. If Brethren who love peace 
cannot coexist with their differences, 
how can we expect such of nations? 
Let us concentrate on areas in which 
we can agree, continue dialogue in 
areas of disagreement, and resolve 
to increase our understanding of 
peace-related issues and each other. 
Our role as peacemaikers may be 
in dispute, but the goal of peace is 
undeniable. May Paul's teaching be 
our practice: 
If someone has done you wrong, 
do not repay him with a wrong. 
Try to do what everyone considers 
to be good. Do everything possible 
on your part to live in peace with 

Romans 12:17-18 (TEV) [t] 


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College Corner Observes "Hat Day" 
As Part of 100th- Year Celebration 

Wabash, Ind. — "We don't always 
look like this on Sunday morning," 
explained Don Null, referring to the 
variety of hats being worn April 6th 
by members of the College Comer 
Brethren Church. 

The occasion was "Hat Day," one of 
twelve anniversary Sundays being ob- 
served the first Sunday of each month 
as part of the College Comer Brethren 
Church's celebration of its centennial 

On this particular Sunday, College 
Comer members had come to the wor- 
ship service wearing historical hats, 
colorful hats, lau-ge hats, cowboy hats, 
homemade hats, Indiana University 
hats, and even a hat made by Edna 
Hood on which she inscribed the an- 
niversary theme ("And the Gift Goes 
On . . .") and the theme verse (Philip- 
pians 1:6). 

Each of the twelve anniversary Sun- 
days will include a historical sketch of 
some event in the early yetirs of the 
church, given by Miriam Bowman, a 
College Comer member for 71 years. 

Another monthly feature is the "An- 
niversary Bucket," implemented by 
Don Null. The "Bucket" is a special 
fund-raiser to help defray the cost of 
the anniversary celebrations and to 
maintain excitement throughout the 

In the January historical sketch, the 
congregation was told that early in 
the church's history extra money was 
needed to pay the minister. At a spe- 
cial business meeting, members were 
asked to show their hands if they 
would put in an extra 50 cents for the 
pastor. There were no takers. The 
amount was reduced to a quarter, then 
to a dime, and eventually to a nickel 
before any hands went up. 

In recognition of that bit of history, 
the "Anniversary Bucket" was insti- 
tuted. On the first Sunday of each 
month, members are "assessed" a dime 
for any offense. For example, on Hat 
Day v£irious members were assessed a 
dime for having the most colorful, the 
biggest, the dirtiest, the smallest, the 
funniest, or the most practical hat, or 

for having no hat at all. While many 
of the men struggled with the thought 
of wearing a hat in the church build- 
ing, when "bucket time" rolled 
around, most everyone sported some 
kind of headcovering. 

Other special events planned for the 
year include Family Month in June, 
Friend Month in October, and Dedica- 
tion Month in November. The high- 
point of the centennial celebration 
will be the Anniversary/Homecoming 
Rally scheduled for September 20-21. 
This will be held under a big tent and 
will feature Mark Barnett, a country- 
western singer from the Grand Ole 
Opry. Mr. Bamett is a native of Som- 
erset, Ind., and a former member of 
the College Comer Brethren Church, 
where he gave his life to Jesus Christ. 

The College Comer Centennial will 
conclude in December with a wrap-up 
celebration featuring video highlights 
of the centennial year. 

According to Rev. Bill Brady, pastor 
of the College Corner Church, "All 
Brethren are invited to drop by this 
year and join us in our celebration." 
"But be advised," he adds, "you might 
want to bring a dime!" 

— reported by Pastor Bill Brady 

Left photo, children of the College Corner Brethren Church, with hats in place, prepare their special music for the Hat Day 
worship service. Right photo. Jessie Fiant (I.) and Edna Hood with their Hat Day headcovering s. Mrs. Hood's hat is inscribed with 
the anniversary theme ("And the Gift Goes On . . .") and the theme verse (Philippians 1:6). 

Mrs. Dorothy Cheever Honored 
As 1986 "Servant of the Year" 
By Falls City First Brethren 

Falls City, Neb. — Mrs. Dorothy 
Cheever was honored as "Servant of 
the Year" on Sunday, April 27, by 
members of the Falls City First Breth- 
ren Chxu-ch in recognition of her many 
years of service to the congregation. 

Rev. Jim Thomas, pastor of the 
Falls City Church, reviewed Mrs. 

Cheever's many kinds of service to the 
congregation eind presented her a 
glass etching of "Christ in the Garden 
of Gethsemane" on behalf of the 

Mrs. Cheever served the Falls City 
congregation as treasurer for 38 years, 
as a Sunday school teacher for more 
than 40 years, as superintendent of 
the junior department of the Sunday 
school for a number of years, as a va- 
cation Bible school teacher, and as a 
trustee for ten years. She is a deacon- 

ess and an active member of the 
church's Woman's Missionary Society, 
which she currently serves as treas- 

Mrs. Ann Rieger £md Mrs. Corrine 
Peck presented special music for the 
worship service during which Mrs. 
Cheever was recognized, and Pastor 
Thomas preached a message entitled 
"The Heart of the Servant." The serv- 
ice was followed by a fellowship meal 
in Mrs. Cheever's honor. 

— reported by Mrs. Joe Lemmon 

June 1986 



Agape Boat crew members Lanie Roberts (I.) and Debbie Cooper kiss the captain 
(John Shultz) during a scene from the musical. Ashland-Tlmes Gazette photo. 

Park St. Drama Ministry Presents 
Musical Comedy With a Message 

Ashland, Ohio — The drama minis- 
try of the Ashland Park Street Breth- 
ren Church provided both entertain- 
ment and a message to a full house 
in the church sanctuary on Sun- 
day evening, April 27, when it pre- 
sented the musical comedy The Agape 

Written by Tim Hosman, The Agape 
Boat centers on a crew of Christians 
who take a group of passengers that 
"want to get away from it all" on an 
imaginary tropical cruise. Though the 

musical bears some resemblances to 
the television series The Love Boat, 
The Agape Boat uses music and humor 
to present a much more wholesome 
message than its counterpart. 

Passengers and crew (and the audi- 
ence as well) learn about forgiveness, 
kindness, reconciliation, faith, and 
obedience — all ingredients for find- 
ing God's will in one's life. 

Park Street member Sue Amstutz 
directed the musical, which featured 
Dr. John Shultz, dean of Ashland 

Brethren Family Reunion Being Planned 
As Kick-Off for 1986 General Conference 

Ashland, Ohio — The General Con- 
ference Executive Council has an- 
nounced a special kick-off to the 1986 
"Faith and Family" Conference: A 
Brethren Family Reunion on Monday 
afternoon, August 11. 

Individual families and local Breth- 
ren congregations are encouraged to 
plan reunions with family members, 
former church members, and pastors' 

Early Monday afternoon, shady cano- 
pies, volleyball nets, and Frisbees will 
dot the Ashland College Quad area. 
There will be games for playing, gui- 
tars for singing, iced tea for refresh- 
ing, and Brethren for fellowshipping. 

At the dinner hour, an outdoor bar- 
becue and picnic will be available. 
Reservations of $5.50 per person (chil- 
dren under 12, half price) may be 
made on the Conference registration 


form (in this issue) by July 31. 

An evening vesper service on the 
steps of Founders Hall will be led by 
Rev. Alvin Shifflet and Brad Har- 
desty. A special service of recognition 
honoring the late Rev. George Sol- 
omon is being planned. 

All ages will join together in the 
Family Worship Hour at 7:30 p.m. in 
the Myers Convocation Center. An ex- 
ceptional evening of singing and 
music will precede the evening mes- 
sage, brought by Rev. Leroy Solomon, 
pastor of the Winding Waters Breth- 
ren Church, Elkhart, Ind. 

The Executive Council hopes to 
begin the week with an emphasis on 
reunion and fellowship that will con- 
tinue throughout the week and which 
will build up our faith as it relates to 
— Judi Gentle, Conference Coordinator 

Theological Seminary, as cruise boat 
captain Monty Fairmonte Crsme. 
Serving as one of his crew members 
was Dub Rood, played by Mitch Funk- 
houser, National Youth Director for 
The Brethren Church. 

Other cast members were Robin 
Roberts, Mark Martin, Lanie Roberts, 
Debbie Cooper, Brad Weidenhamer, 
Tom McConahay, Sandi Rowsey, 
Jenny Witulski, Glenn Black, Lynne 
Burkey, Amie Cooper, Ellen Eckart, 
Becky Pasco, and Angie Weiden- 

Behind the scenes help was provided 
by Amy Courtright, choreographer; 
Deb Michael, pianist; Sue Amstutz, 
Tom McConahay, Britt Miller, and 
Mark Hiner, lights; Tom McConahay 
and Doug Cooper, sound; Ellen Eck- 
hart, props; and Beverly Martin and 
Lori Drushal, prompters. 

The Park Street drama ministry has 
been asked to give a repeat perfor- 
mance of the musical during Greneral 
Conference, on Wednesday evening 
(August 13) following the evening ses- 

Pittsburgh WMS Women Add 
Time of Prayer to Banquet 

Pittsburgh, Pa. — The Woman's Mis- 
sionary Society of the Pittsburgh First 
Brethren Church combined a concen- 
trated time of prayer with its mother 
and daughter banquet, which was held 
on the World Day of Prayer (May 1). 

Following a meal of salads and des- 
serts, the mothers and daughters, 
along with some of the men of the 
church, participated in the Day of 
Prayer service. The service was di- 
vided into four periods of prayer, with 
group singing or special music be- 
tween the prayer times. During the 
four periods of prayer, the Pittsbiirgh 
Brethren prayed for: (1) our nation; (2) 
state and local governments; (3) 
Brethren Home Missions; and (4) local 

Participants were divided into six 
groups for prayer, with a WMS mem- 
ber leading each group. T}rpewritten 
copies of specific suggestions for 
prayer had been prepttred, which gave 
such information as the names of na- 
tional, state, city, and local govern- 
ment officials; national, state, and 
local issues and concerns; names of 
and information about Brethren Home 
Mission churches; and various persons 
and programs in the church's local 

Local WMS president Lucetta Hibbs 
(continued on next page) 

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Nine Brethren Students are Among 
1986 Ashland College Graduates 

Ashland, Ohio — Nine Brethren stu- 
dents were among the 609 graduates 
who received diplomas May 10 at Ash- 
land College's 108th graduation cere- 

Brethren students awarded diplo- 
mas were: 

Scott D. Bowers, son of Mr. and Mrs. 
David Bowers of Nappanee, Ind., who 
received the Bachelor of Science in 
Business Administration degree. 

David A. Logan, son of Mr. and Mrs. 
John Logan of Masontown, Pa., who 
received the Bachelor of Science in 
Business Administration degree. 

Thomas R. McConahay (Ashland 
Park Street member), son of Mrs. 
Helen M. McConahay of Smithville, 
Ohio, who received the Bachelor of 

Science in Business Administration 

Kristen R. Overdorf (Ardmore 
Brethren Church member), daughter 
of Mr. and Mrs. David Overdorf of 
South Bend, Ind., who received the 
Bachelor of Science in Business Ad- 
ministration degree. 

Anthony (Tony) S. Shifflett, son of 
Rev. and Mrs. Alvin Shifflett of Nap- 
panee, Ind., who received the Bachelor 
of Arts degree. 

Dean V. Showalter (Sarasota First 
Brethren Church member), son of Mr. 
and Mrs. John Showalter of Braden- 
ton, Fla., who received the Bachelor of 
Arts degree. 

Joseph H. Shultz, son of Dr. and 
Mrs. Joseph R. Shultz of Ashland, 

Publishing Company Employee Completes 
Twenty-Five Years With the Company 

Ohio, who received the Bachelor of 
Arts degree. 

JoLinda R. Ellis Spiegel, daughter 
of Rev. and Mrs. Wesley Ellis of Oak- 
ville, Ind., and wife of John Spiegel of 
Columbus, Ohio, who received the 
Bachelor of Science in Business Ad- 
ministration degree. 

Todd L. Thomas, son of Mr. and Mrs. 
Kenneth Thomas of Canton, Ohio, who 
received the Bachelor of Science in 
Business Administration degree. 

Of the 609 diplomas awarded by the 
college, 210 were for master's degrees, 
370 were for bachelor's degrees, and 
29 were for associate degrees. In addi- 
tion, two honorary Doctor of Humani- 
ties degrees were awarded, one to Dr. 
Robert H. Schuller, senior pastor of 
the Crystal Cathedral and the Hour of 
Power television ministry, who de- 
livered the commencement address for 
the graduation ceremony; and the 
other to Warren E. Rupp, president of 
the Warren Rupp Company of Mans- 
field and a trustee of Ashland College 
fi-om 1979 to 1985. 

— reported by Mrs. Joan Ronk 

Ashland, Ohio — Dale K. Gardner, a 
pressman for the Brethren Publishing 
Company print shop, completed 25 
years of emplo3rment with the com- 
pany in April of this year. 

Gardner, 61, began working for the 
Publishing Company peirt time in Feb- 
ruary or March of 1961, after the com- 
pany purchased a two-color press and 
needed someone to run it. Bill Ed- 
mondson, a publishing company em- 
ployee at the time, knew that Dale, 
who worked for the A.L. Garber (print- 
ing) Company, was familiar with this 
kind of press, so contacted him and 
asked if he could help out. 

For two or three weeks, Gardner 
worked from midnight to 7:30 a.m. at 
the Garber Company, then from 8:00 
a.m. to noon or 1:00 p.m. at the Pub- 
lishing Company. He then decided to 
leave the Garber Company, where he 
had worked for 19V2 years, and be- 
came a full-time employee of the Pub- 
lishing Company. He gave his old 
employer the required two-weeks 
notice, continued working nights at 
Garbers and days at the Publishing 
Company for two weeks, then became 
a full-time employee of the Publishing 
Company in April. 

(continued from previous page) 
presented the welcome for the Day of 
Prayer service. Linda Walker sang 
two solos, and Linnea Ahrens led and 
accompanied the group singing. 

— reported by Lilian D. Bowers 

Dale Gardner with the offset press on which he prints The Brethren Evangelist. 

An important factor in Dale's deci- 
sion to come to the Publishing Com- 
pany was his desire to serve the Lord 
through his occupation. As he says, he 
couldn't preach or teach, but he could 
be involved in the Lord's work by 
helping to print Christian literature. 
Dale is an active member of the 
Rowsburg Lutheran Church, where he 
serves on the church council. 

During his 25 years with the com- 
pany, Dale has worked with five 
Evangelist editors — W. St. Clair 
Benshoff, Spencer Gentle, George 
Schuster, Ronald W. Waters, and the 
current editor, Richard Winfield. 

Over the past 25 years. Dale has 

also seen numerous changes related to 
his work, one of the major ones being 
the change from letterpress to offset 
printing. In fact, the two-color letter- 
press Dale came to run is no longer 
with the company, having been "re- 
tired" and moved out several years ago. 

This is one change for which Dale is 
thankful, since the letterpress re- 
quired him to put on the press chases 
of lead type weighing 100 pounds or 
more. Offset presses, on the other 
hand, use aluminum plates weighing 
less than a pound. 

Dale is married and he and his wife 
Grace have two married daughters 
and two grandchildren. 

June 1986 



SE District Seats First Delegates 
From North Carolina Congregation 

Linwood, Md. — Among the more 
than 90 delegates seated for the day- 
long conference of the Southeastern 
District held April 26 at the Linwood 
Brethren Church were the first-ever 
delegates to the conference from the 
district's newest member church. 

Pastor Robert Payne and John and 
Cheryl Black were seated as delegates 
from the Hickory, N.C., First Brethren 
Church, which was accepted into the 
Southeastern District at its fall meet- 

Moderator William Skeldon presid- 
ed over the conference. Major items of 
business included reports from district 
boards and committees and election of 

Newly-elected officers (to be in- 
stalled and take office in September) 
are: moderator-elect, Rev. Doc Shank; 
secretary, Amanda Moore; assistant 
secretary, Lois Hutzell; treasurer, Jim 
Vance; assistant treasurer, Alvin 
Vann; and executive board members- 
at-l£irge, Rev. Pat Valanzon and 

Josephine Cooper. Rev. Brian Moore, 
currently moderator-elect, will become 
the new moderator. 

The Church Growth (statistical) re- 
port revealed a net growth of three 
percent in church membership over 
the prior year (not including the addi- 
tion of Hickory to the district). Aver- 
age worship attendance was up 
slightly, while Sunday school attend- 
ance declined slightly. 

General Conference Moderator War- 
ren Gamer presented the keynote ad- 
dress. Using Matthew 28:18-20 as his 
text, Dr. Garner intertwined a per- 
sonal testimony with the implications 
from the scripture. 

His major points were three ques- 
tions answered by the passage: What 
is it that Jesus wants us to do? (pro- 
claim the good news, make disciples, 
teach them to obey all His commands); 
Why are we to do it? (so they will be- 
lieve); and Where Eire we to do it? 
(everywhere, in all our contacts with 

ATS Offers Expanded Summer Schedule 
To Encourage Continuing Education 

Ashland, Ohio — Ashland Theologi- 
cal Seminary will be offering an 
expanded schedule of courses this 
summer designed to encourage con- 
tinuing education and pastoral train- 

These are intensive courses, most of 
which will meet from three and one- 
half to seven hours a day for one or 
two weeks. They are set up this way to 
make it possible for pastors or other 
interested persons to come to Ashland 
for one or two weeks and complete a 
course. Classes will meet five days a 
week, except where otherwise noted. 

Cost of the classes is $300 for four 
hours of credit. Audit fee is $150. 
Arrangements can be made for hous- 
ing through the seminary office. 

Following are the dates of the ses- 
sions, courses being offered, times and 
places of meeting, professors' names, 
and number of credit hours. 

Module 1: June 2-13 

Christianity in America, 8:30 a.m. 
to noon, Ashland campus, David 
Rausch, 4 credit hours. 

Ephesians, 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., 
Ashland campus, William Myers, 4 
credit hours. 

Modvde 2: June 16-20 

Christian Ethics, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 
p.m., Ashland campus, Douglas Chis- 
mar, 4 credit hours. 
Module 3: June 23-27 

The Book of Revelation, 8:30 a.m. to 
4:30 p.m., Ashland campus, Duane 
Watson, 4 credit hours. 
Module 4: June 21-August 2 

Romans, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on 
Saturdays (no class July 5), Detroit 
campus, Weldon Davis, 4 credit hours. 
Module 5: June 26-July 31 

Church Administration, 1:00 p.m. to 
6:00 p.m., Cleveland campus, Mary 
Ellen Drushal, 4 credit hours. 
Module 6: August 4-8 

Church Administration, 8:30 a.m. to 
4:30 p.m., Ashland campus, Mary 
Ellen Drushal, 4 credit hours. 

For more information, contact Ash- 
land Theological Seminary, 910 
Center Street, Ashland, OH 44805 
(phone 419-289-4142, ext. 5161). 

To reach the port of heaven we must 
sail, sometimes with the wind and some- 
times against it — but we must sail, not 
drift or lie at anchor. 

Oliver Wendell Holmes 

He concluded with a fourth pwint, a 
question that is not answered by the 
passage: How are we to do it? Dr. 
Gamer stressed that the "How" may 
have been intentionally unanswered 
to encourage us to be innovative emd 
creative in our approach, fi-ee to draw 
from many choices. 

Dr. Gamer then called delegates to 
evaluate their own responses to each 
of these four questions. 

The afternoon inspirational pro- 
gram featured "Soul Pleasers," a mu- 
sical ensemble from the area, and re- 
ports from the denominational minis- 

While the adults met, the youth 
held a rally/conference that featured 
business, recreation at the (Church of 
the) Brethren Service Center at 
nearby New Windsor, and inspiration. 

The next Southeastern District Con- 
ference will be held September 20, 
1986, at the Bethlehem Brethren 
Church in Harrisonburg, Va. 

— Ronald W. Waters 

Chaplain Thomas A. Schultz 
Assigned to Direct CREDO 

Great Lakes, 111. — Commander 
Thomas A. Schultz, Brethren Church 
Chaplain to the U.S. Navy, has been 
given a three- 
year assign- 
ment as direc- 
tor of the 
(CREDO) at 
the Naval Ad- 
Naval Train- 
ing Center, in 
Great Lakes. Ch. Thomas A. Schultz 

CREDO, which is sponsored by the 
Chief of Naval Operations and funded 
by the Chief of Chaplains, provides 
pastoral care to military personnel 
and their dependents to contribute to 
their spiritual growth and develop- 
ment. The center at Great Lakes is 
one of four Navy CREDO operations 

Chaplain Schultz and his wife Pat 
attended the NAE Bible Conference 
held May 16-19 at Berchtesgaden, 
Germany. They also traveled into East 

The Schultzes have three sons, all 
married, who live in California and 


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Faith and Family" is Focus of 
Southwest District Conference 

Tucson, Ariz. — A message on 
"Traits of a Successful Family," a 
panel discussion on "The Christian 
Family in the Secular World," and a 
"Family Feud" all helped to keep the 
focus of the Southwest District Confer- 
ence, held April 11-13 at the Tucson 
First Brethren Church, on the confer- 
ence theme, "Faith and Family." 

Randy Carlson, Director of Family 
Counseling and Executive Director of 
Family Life Radio, delivered the key- 
note address Friday evening on 
"Traits of a Successful Family." 

Charles Beekley, Director of Chris- 
tian Education for The Brethren 
Church, introduced the Saturday after- 
noon panel discussion on "The Chris- 
tian Family in the Secular World." 

Rev. William Kemer, Director of Pas- 
toral Ministries for The Brethren 
Church, looked at the family situation 
from the perspective of a pastor, and 
Diane McGinnis, tin adult probation 
officer, looked at the family from the 
perspective of the law. 

Also on the panel were Carmen 
Swingle, bell choir director and 
mother of two boys, who looked at the 
challenge when children are young; 
Dr. Warren Gamer, General Confer- 
ence Moderator and Director of 
Teacher Education at Manchester Col- 
lege, and his wife Helen, a retired 
elementary teacher and mother of two 
grown children, who together looked 
at the challenge when children are 
older; and George Petrovic, Project 

Hagerstown Ladies Conduct Spring Tea; 
Show Appreciation to Pastor and Wife 

Hagerstown, Md. — The WMS ladies 
of the Hagerstown First Brethren 
Church fulfilled two of their South- 
eastern District goals April 6 when 
they conducted a spring tea and hon- 
ored their pastor and his wife. 

Approximately 50 women attended 
the Sunday afternoon tea, which 
began in the church sanctuary with a 
program of prayer and meditation led 
by Jackie Rogers. Included in the pro- 
gram were special numbers by the 
Youth Handbell Choir, directed by 
Louise Bileci, and two duets, sung by 
Steve and Benita Bamett and Benita 
and Scott Summers. 

The tea then took a lighter turn 
when a guessing game called "Who?" 
was used to identify the local WMS of- 
ficers. Pastor Harold Bamett was in- 
cluded in this segment of the program 
and was surprised to learn that he and 
his wife Doris were the honorees of the 
day. The main purpose of the tea, in 
fact, was to show them how much 
their leadership is appreciated by the 
Hagerstown First Brethren congrega- 

A recording of "Beyond the Sunset" 
made by Pastor and Mrs. Bamett in 
the mid 60's was played, and several 
old photographs of the Bametts were 
shown, with "appropriate" commen- 
tary by Jackie Rogers. Mrs. Rogers 
also read two poems written by the 
pastor. In addition, WMS president 
Ruth Stoddard presented a yellow silk 
rosebud corsage to Mrs. Bamett and 

June 1986 

Pastor Harold and Doris Bamett open 
gifts of appreciation from the Hagerstown 
WMS ladies. 

a yellow silk boutonniere to Pastor 

The ladies and Pastor Barnett then 
went to the fellowship hall, decorated 
for the occasion with spring flowers 
and ceramic owls, for a time of fellow- 
ship and refreshments. Pastor and 
Mrs. Bamett were again surprised 
when Bill Cooper entered the hall 
pushing a cart filled to overflowing 
with gifts for the Bametts' home. As 
the Bametts opened these gifts, the 
pastor delighted the ladies with his 
witty and humorous comments. 

"We sincerely hope that the Bar- 
netts continue their ministry here for 
many more years and that the love 
and warmth that prevailed that day 
will also continue," Jackie Rogers said 
in reporting this event. 

Manager, Garrett Air Research, who 
looked at the "view from the other 

The "Family Feud," also conducted 
Saturday afternoon, pitted the youth 
against the adults, with the adults 
coming out the winners. 

Moderator Lyle Dreyer presided 
over the conference and led the busi- 
ness sessions. One of the first actions 
taken by the 28 delegates was to ac- 
cept the new Sunrise Community 
Church at Mesa, Ariz., into district 
membership. Rev. Robert and Rev. 
Cathy Mitchell, co-pastors of the Sun- 
rise congregation, were also received 
as ordained ministers into the district, 
transferring from the Indiana District. 

Reports were received from the dis- 
trict treasurer, statistician, camp 
board, and camp committee. The 
statistician's report showed a total of 
334 members in the three churches in 
the district at the end of 1985, down 
two members from the previous year. 
(This figure did not include statistics 
from the new Sunrise Community 
Church). Since the end of the yean, 
however, the Papago Park Brethren 
Church has disbanded, reducing that 
figure by 100 members. 

Elections resulted in the following 
officers for 1986-87: Lyle Dreyer, mod- 
erator; Robert Mitchell, vice-modera- 
tor; Ina Williams, secretary; Sandra 
ImhofF, assistant secretary; Jim Hol- 
singer, treasurer; Ellen Fisher, assist- 
ant treasurer; Freda Lawson, statis- 
tician; and Rose Simmons, assistant 

General Conference Moderator War- 
ren Gamer presented a message during 
the Saturday evening inspirational 
service of the district conference, and 
Rev. William Kemer was the Sunday 
morning worship speaker. 

The next conference of the Southwest 

District is scheduled for April 3-5, 

1987, at Northwest Brethren Chapel in 


— reported by Ina Williams, secretary 

New Press in China to Print 
Bibles and New Testaments 

New York, N.Y. — Work is to begin 
soon on the Amity Printing Press, a 
$6.7 million printing facility in the 
People's Republic of China that will 
give priority to the production of 
Bibles and New Testaments. 

The press, which is being provided 
by the United Bible Societies, will be 
capable of producing at least a quarter- 
million Chinese Bibles and a half- 
million New Testaments annually. 




Rev. James R. Black, Executive 
Director of the Missionary Board of 
The Brethren Church, underwent 
single bypass heart surgery on Friday, 
May 23. Continue to pray that he will 
have a complete recovery and be able 
to return quickly to his responsi- 
bilities with the Missionary Board. 

Rev. C.Y. and Mrs. Ruth Gilmer 
celebrated their silver wedding an- 
niversary on May 19, 1986. Rev. 
Gilmer, a retired Brethren pastor, and 
his wife are members and deacon and 
deaconess in the Bethlehem Brethren 
Church, Harrisonburg, Va. 

Mrs. Alice Ingraham, who served 
as secretary for the Ashland College 
School of Sciences for 22 years, retired 
at the end of the school year in May. 
Mrs. Ingraham is the wife of Rev. M. 
Virgil Ingraham, former Executive 
Director of the Missionary Board of 
The Brethren Church. 

Members of the Muncie and Oak- 
ville, Ind., First Brethren Churches 
held a joint Communion service on 
Palm Sunday, March 23, in the 
facilities of the Muncie First Brethren 
Church. A total of 47 Brethren partici- 
pated in the beautiful service of Com- 

The May 6 mother and daughter 
banquet of the Vinco Brethren 
Church was enjoyed by 160 women 
and girls. The meal was prepared and 
served by the Laymen's Organization 
of the Vinco Church. 

Ashland College has been selected 
as one of four institutions of higher 
education in Ohio to participate in a 
five-year Classroom of the Future proj- 
ect. Initiated by the Ohio Department 
of Education, the immediate goals of 
this project are to envision the future 
in America, identify the role of educa- 
tion in that future, and formulate ap- 
propriate curriculum for that role. The 
project's ultimate goal is to implement 
curriculum and appropriate technol- 
ogy in protot3rpe schools that will 
serve as demonstration and practice 
teaching sites for teachers and teacher 
education students. 

In Memory 

Bertha Blosser, 95, April 22. Member 
since 1908 and last remaining charter 
member of The Brethren Church of New 
Lebsmon. Services by Robert Dillard, pas- 

James D. Harrell, 71, April 21. Member 
for 47 years and former trustee of the First 
Brethren Church of Burlington. Services 
by Ronald L. Waters, pastor. 
Edith Ellis, 61, April 19. Member for 17 
years of the First Brethren Church of 
Pittsburgh. Services by Norman D. Long, 

Mabel M. Warren, 84, April 19. Member 
of the First Brethren Church of North 
Manchester. Services by Woodrow Immel 
and Archie Nevins, pastor. 
Dorothy KeUy, 60, April 9. Member of the 
First Brethren Church of Pittsburgh. Serv- 
ices by Norman D. Long, pastor. 
Edgar F. Wassam, 73, March 20. Lifetime 
member of the First Brethren Church of 
Waterloo, which he served as moderator, 
Sunday school teacher, and choir director 
for mamy yesirs. Servicss by Lynn Mercer, 
pastor, emd Rev. Allen Ricks. 
Eric S. Hiestand, 23, January 25. Mem- 
ber of the First Brethren Church of Mun- 
cie. Services by Rev. Paul Vise. 


Paida Simmons to Tim Manning, May 

10, at the First Brethren Church of Bryan; 

Marlin L. McCann, peistor, officiating. 
Members of the Bryan First Brethren 

Tana Earl to Kevin Parker, May 3, at 
the Bethlehem Brethren Church; Pat 
Velanzon, pastor, officiating. Members of 
the Bethlehem Brethren Church. 
Tami Lemon to Keith Devore, May 3, at 
the AshlEmd Park Street Brethren Church; 
Arden E. Gilmer, pastor, officiating. Groom 
a member of the Ashland Garber Brethren 

Lori Young to James Pizzo, April 26, at 
the Ashlsmd Park Street Brethren Church; 
Arden E. Gilmer, pastor, and Rev. George 
Lee, uncle of the bride, officiating. Bride a 
member of the Ashland Park Street Breth- 
ren Church. 


Mr. and Mrs. Harry Weidenhamer, 

55th, June 21. Members of the Ashland 

Park Street Brethren Church. 

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Durbin, 50th, 

May 1. Members of the Vinco Brethren 


Joe and Pauleen Greer, 50th, March 14. 

Members of the First Brethren Church of 


Membership Growth 

Roann: 3 by baptism 

Pittsburgh: 7 by baptism 

Brighton Chapel: 8 by baptism 

Muncie Church Holds Planning Meeting 
To Redefine Its Purpose Under Christ 

Muncie, Ind. — The First Brethren 
Church of Muncie held a planning ses- 
sion on Sunday afternoon, April 20, to 
redefine its purpose as a church under 
the headship of Christ. 

The approximately 30 persons who 
attended the planning session decided 
that the church should be engaged in 
providing young adult programs, a 
laymen's group, visitation, and a cam- 
pus ministry for its young people. 

Four priorities were defined; 

1. Make a list of these ministry areas 
so that people of the church can 
volunteer for the ministry of their 

2. Start a visitation outreach pro- 

3. Update the sound system so that 
the chimes can again be enjoyed 
by all. 

4. Start a program for young adults. 
This was the third of three activities 

engaged in recently by VEirious mem- 
bers of the Muncie congregation in 
order to become better equipped to 
carry out the work of the church. 

The first of these was a seminar for 
Sunday school teachers held March 22 

at the North Manchester, Ind., First 
Brethren Church. Eleven of the Mun- 
cie congregation's teachers partici- 
pated in this seminar and learned 
techniques for enhancing the effective- 
ness of their Sunday school teaching. 
The second activity was an all-day 
seminar April 5th on the duties of 
deacons and deaconesses, led by Rev. 
William Kerner, Director of Pastoral 
Ministries for The Brethren Church. 
Deacons and deaconesses ft-om the 
Muncie congregation were joined for 
this seminar by those fi-om the Oak- 
ville, Ind., First Brethren Church, 
with a total attendance of 23. 

— reported by Penny Garrett 

Jesus made it plain that God's king- 
dom, with its righteousness and justice, 
should be the first quest of all who follow 
him. Yet how little the church today, 
especially in North America, gives any 
concrete signs of taking Jesus' words 

— Howard A. Snyder in the forward to 
Ventures in Discipleship by John R. 
Martin (Herald Press, 1984). 


The Brethren Evangeust 

Little Crusader 

Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not liinder £% 
them; for to such iielongs the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 19:14).^^ 


Father's Day is a special Sunday in June set aside to honor our 
fathers. The Bible teaches that the father is to be the head of the 
house. He Is to lead in making decisions. Fathers should also teach 
others in the fannily about God. Take time today to thank your 
Heavenly Father for your special dad. 

Famous Fathers and Sons 

Answer each question by naming the fannous father and his son or sons. Use the Bible references if 
you need help. (Answers on page 3.) 

1 . The most famous Father ever; we call Him our Heavenly Father. His Son died for you and me. (John 
3:1 6; I John 1 :3) 

2. This father was tricked into giving his younger son the blessing. The younger son had a twin brother. 
(Gen. 27:30) (Name the father and both sons.) 

3. This father lived in a beautiful garden. He had two sons; one was a farmer and the other a shepherd. 
(Gen. 4:1-2) 

4. He built a boat and filled it with animals. He had three sons. (Gen. 6:10) 

5. A priest in Jerusalem, married to Elisabeth. His son prepared the way for Jesus. (Luke 1:59-60, 
King James Version spelling.) 

6. This father was promised a son in his old age. His wife laughed when she heard she was to have a 
son. The son's name means laughter. (Gen. 21 :3) 

Fathers and Sons Puzzle 

Find the names of the "Famous Fathers and 
Sons" from the questions above in the puzzle 
below. Note: One father is also a son. His 
name is used only once. (Answers on page 3.) 

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Manly Words 

On Father's Day we honor the man of the family. 
Below are six short definitions. In each case, the word 
defined begins with the word man. Each answer is a 
word found in the Bible. (Answers on page 3.) 

Words that begin with man: 

1 . To direct or control things . 

2. A large, impressive house 

3. A lot of something 

4. A trough for feeding animals 

5. Food God provided the Israelites in the wilderness 

6. A loose, sleeveless garment . 

June 1986 



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"I run straight toward the 
goal in order to win the prize, 
which is God's call through 
Christ Jesus . . ." 

"All of us who 
are spiritually 
mature should 
have this same 

If you agree, you may want to 
consider continued support 

Offerings, Church and 
individual, may be sent to: 

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hy Alvin Shifflett 

A Time to Laugh 

THE WRITER of Ecclesiastes said 
that there is a time to weep and 
a time to laugh (Eccl. 3:4). 

Think about the last time you 
laughed really hard — an out-and- 
out belly-whopper. You were some 
sight. Others laughed because of the 
way you were laughing. Your mouth 
was twisted open, tongue stuck out, 
lips pulled back and nostrils flared 
like a racehorse. 

You roared with laughter over the 
pleasure you felt, but your face 
suggested pain. Your cheeks turned 
red, you doubled over, gasping. You 
were helpless, caught in the throes 
of laughter. You survived the sei- 
zure, of course, and you were the 
better for it. 

After all these years this physical 
phenomenon called laughter is yield- 
ing some of its well-kept secrets to 
science and theologians. Preachers 
have known for years what Reader's 
Digest has said, that "Laughter [is] 
the Best Medicine." A sermon spiced 
with humor is often received better 
than one devoid of it, and remem- 
bered longer. 

Benefits of laughter 

Dr. William F. Fry, Jr., a leading 
gelotologist (a person who studies 
laughter) and professor of psychiatry 
at Stanford University, offers the 
following observations about a true- 
blue laughing fit: 

Laughter gives a hearty workout 
to practically every organ in the 
body. A robust laugh gives your 
diaphragm, thorax, abdomen, heart, 
lungs, and maybe even the liver, a 

brief workout. In fact, Dr. Fry in- 
sists that laughing with gusto turns 
your body into a big vibrator that 
performs an internal massage, caus- 
ing muscles to tighten, relax, and 
grow stronger. 

Laughter is therapeutic 

Laughter is also therapeutic for 
painful conditions such as arthritis. 
It causes catecholamines to be re- 
leased that combat the pain of ar- 
thritis, according to Fry. Laughter is 
also therapeutic for high blood pres- 
sure because it brings about sus- 
tained arterial relaxation that im- 
proves the blood flow. 

It appears that God knew a lot of 
things about laughter that we're just 
discovering. By laughing, you may 
arouse enzyme secretions that aid 
digestion and might even work as a 
natural laxative. Furthermore, Dr. 
Fry suggests that laughing is a good 
way to burn off calories. It does seem 
a bit ironic, then, that obesity is 
thought to go hand in hand with 
being jolly. 

It must be pointed out, however, 
that gelotology (the study of laugh- 
ter; from the Greek word gelos, to 
laugh) is still in the infant stages. 
Nevertheless, the idea that laughter 
is an aid to health is an old one. 
Henri de Mondeville, a 13th-century 
surgeon, told jokes to patients 
emerging from operations. He obvi- 
ously felt that patients recovered 
faster when relaxed by laughter. 

In the 16th century, English 
educator Richard Mulcaster said 
laughter was the right medicine for 

head colds and depression. It's hard 
to remain depressed when you're 
laughing. Perhaps doctors will come 
to the point where they prescribe a 
weekly dose of watching the Bill 
Cosby Show. Or the future may find 
us saying, "I have an appointment 
with my "gelo' today. He or she 
keeps me in stitches for 45 minutes. 
It's great!" 

Obviously, this whole subject is no 
laughing matter, but serious busi- 
ness. We all know that laughing dis- 
tracts us from worry, and, even if 
only for a few moments, reduces 
stress, anxiety, depression, and pain. 

Some people wonder about ad- 
verse reactions. If we are so con- 
torted, as if in pain, while laughing, 
could laughing be dangerous to us, 
especially to heart patients? The an- 
swer is a guarded "Yes." 

In the 16th century, a religious 
sect averse to the spilling of blood 
allegedly strapped prisoners into 
trusses to restrict chest expansion. 
Salt was dabbed on the prisoners' 
feet, which was then licked off by 
goats. The result was death by tick- 
ling, or execution by laughter. 

What a way to go! How could oppo- 
nents of capital punishment protest 
such a method? Instead of reporting, 
"The criminal died cursing and 
screaming," they'd announce, "The 
criminal died laughing!" But that 
doesn't sound good either, since we'd 
prefer that sinners go out repentant 
rather than laughing. For as stated 
at the beginning of this article, there 
is a time to laugh and a time to weep 
(in repentance, sorrow, etc.). 

Perverted laughter 

It is becoming more and more ap- 
parent to me that laughter here on 
planet earth is perverted. For when 
the Apostle Paul preached in 
Athens, it is reported that some 
people laughed at him. We know, 
however, that those who laugh first 
do not always have the last laugh. 
God does. Laughter is not a 
hallmark of hell, but of heaven. 
Those of the devil's crowd who laugh 
now will never laugh in hell. 

The greatest benefit of laughter, 
then, as I see it, is to be able to 
laugh because He who is in you is 
greater than he who comes against 
you. Therefore I can laugh and enjoy 
life, looking forward to the place of 
all laughter and no sorrow. [t] 

The Brethren Evangelist 

July/August 1986 
Volume 108, Number 7 

The Brethren Evangelist 

(ISSN 0747-4288) 


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Children's Page 

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Our Glass Is Half Full by Jerry R. Flora 4 

Brethren today, like those of 80 and 90 years ago, can win 
the battle of attitude. 

Prepared for Spontaneity by Ronald W. Waters 6 

Perhaps God would give us more opportunities to share our 
faith if we, like Peter, were prepared to do so. 

Greet the Dawn With Song! by Matilda Nordtvedt 8 

Starting the day with a song to the Lord can remove our 
fears and bring strength to our lives. 

Special Section: General Conference Preview 

Introduction; Inspirational Speaker; Moderator 11 

Conference Schedule; Workshops 12 

Business and Elections; Brethren Inspirational Speakers; 13 
BCE 20th- Year Dinner 

Auxihary and Children's Sessions 14 

The BYC Convention; Convention Highlights 15 


The Salt Shaker 2 

by Alvin Shifflett 

Cartoons 5, 10 

Developing a Global Vision 9 

by John Maust 

Readers' Forum 10 

Update 16 

From the Grape Vine 22 

Little Crusader Page 23 

by Jane Solomon 

General Conference Preview 

Arrangements for General Conference are nearly complete, and a pre- 
view of what is planned for this year's gathering is presented on pages 11-15 
of this issue. A registration form for housing, luncheons, workshops, and chil- 
dren's programs was included on pages 15 and 16 of last month's Evangelist. 
If you plan to attend Conference, please mail in this form as soon as possible, 
and no later than July 31. 

Combined Issue: As has been the practice for the past two years, this 
issue of the Evangelist is designated the July/August issue. Since it com- 
bines two months, it contains both "The Salt Shaker" ^ 
by Alvin Shifflett and "Developing a Global Vision" 
by John Maust (which usually apppear in alternate 
issues), as well as two cartoons, one for July and one 
for August. The next Evangelist will be the 
September issue, which will contain a report of 
General Conference. 

Answers to Little Crusader Page. 

Flower Puzzle: Answers at right. 
Good's Special Promise: "The Word of the Lord 
abides forever." 



Drawing by J. Howard Mack 

Our Glass Is Half Full 

Brethren today, like those of 80 and 90 years ago, can 
win the battle of attitude, according to Jerry R. Flora. 

SUFFERING colors all of life," 
a man once remarked to a 

"Yes, it does," came the reply, 
"and I intend to choose the colors!" 

That response is insightful be- 
cause it is true. Some people, for 
example, cannot enjoy a doughnut 
because they see only the fast-disap- 
pearing hole. Or, if a water glass is 
filled to the middle, some will con- 
sider it half empty, while others call 
if half full. Doughnut hole or glass of 
water, pessimism or optimism — it 
is all a matter of perception. The eye 

Dr. Flora is professor of New Testa- 
ment and Theology at Ashland Theologi- 
cal Seminary. 

of the beholder decides what will be 

Maybe we cannot alter what life 
sends to us, but by God's grace we 
can choose how we will respond to it. 
This is true for churches as well 
as for individuals. Michael Smith 
asked recently what The Brethren 
Church needs to change in order to 
be an effective denomination. "The 
critical thing we need to change," he 
answered, "is our attitude" {The 
Brethren Evangelist, April 1986, 
page 15). He is right. 

Our forebears 80 and 90 years ago 
faced a similar situation. The Breth- 
ren Church had been born in 1883 
out of a bruising denominational 
split. The Brethren numbered about 

10,000 members scattered in 138 
congregations. Preaching services 
were held in 206 locations. Seventy- 
nine elders served as pastors, while 
another 77 worked in other ca- 
pacities. The church was struggl- 
ing to maintain its existence while 
establishing a new identity. It was 
searching to support multiple minis- 
tries while needing to express its 

How could they grow? How 
could these new Brethren define 
their life and mission together? Not 
content with what they were, these 
Progressives attempted to move to- 
ward goal-oriented church growth. 
They identified their top priorities 
as education, publishing, and mis- 
sions. Various groups within the 
denomination began to implement 
these "great interests," as they 
called them. They established 
specific targets for membership, 
ministries, and offerings, and set 
deadlines for accomplishing those 
goals. There were one-year and four- 
year and five-year programs. 

Education: The WMS was begun 
in 1887 in order to educate women 
for the cause of missions, inspire 
them to use their abilities for Christ 
and the world, and contribute to the 
training of church leaders at Ash- 
land College. Several of the early 
WMS presidents, following these 
purposes, became well-known minis- 
ters in the denomination. 

But Ashland College, the church's 
educational center, was in desperate 
straits. The focus of part of the de- 
nominational trouble in 1882-83, the 
school finally closed its doors for 
lack of funds. Then one day in 1898 
a young professor and his wife 
parted the weeds on the campus as 
they knelt to pray. They dedicated 
their lives to the service of Grod 
through Ashland College. Slowly, 
uncertainly at first, then surely. Dr. 
and Mrs. J. Allen Miller breathed 
new life into the defunct school. 
Church and community began to fol- 
low their leadership. Debts were 
paid, confidence was restored, new 
pledges were taken, and a headquar- 
ters for church training was born 

Publishing: Each week the 
Brethren Publishing Company 
mailed out The Brethren Evangel- 
ist. Its 16 newspaper-size pages 
linked the congregations together 

The Brethren Evangeust 

with news, doctrinal articles, inspi- 
ration, book reviews, vital statistics, 
and Bible exposition. The Publish- 
ing Company produced adult and 
youth quarterlies every three 
months as well as two different Sun- 
day school papers. It also printed a 
series of Brethren tracts and book- 
lets for various uses. 

"The key human ingredient 
in all of this was encour- 
agement. Brethren writers 
filled the pages of the 
Evangelist with it. They 
constantly worked at build- 
ing up one another." 

The pages of the Evangelist dis- 
cussed such troublesome questions 
as faith healing, speaking in 
tongues, prophetic interpretation, 
and how best to support a mission- 
ary program. When a special issue 
was announced with focus on Breth- 
ren doctrines, the press run was 
10,000 copies. That was more than 
double the 4,000 usually printed. 
But the supply could not match the 
demand. Within a few weeks the 
doctrinal issue was sold out. 

Missions: The Brethren Church 
opened missions in some of North 
America's major cities: Chicago, 
Philadelphia, Montreal, and Wash- 
ington, D.C. A few of these resulted 
from denominational sponsorship. 
But most were the work of indi- 
viduals with a vision for serving 
Christ by meeting urban needs. 
Rural mission work soon began in 
Appalachia; later, overseas missions 
started in South America and Af- 

The Brethren Church in those 
days used a number of gifted persons 
who showed evangelistic abilities. 
Stephen Bashor, according to one es- 
timate, led 12,000 people to Christ 
in his preaching career. I.D. Bow- 
man left his congregation in order to 
engage in revival work for as much 
as six months at a time. The 
Pennsylvania District appointed 
Mary Sterling to the position of 
evangelist for the eastern half of 
their state. And some people termed 
Laura Grossnickle Hedrick the D.L. 
Moody of The Brethren Church. 

Leaders in education, publishing, 
and missions challenged the chxirch 
to total commitment, unstinting de- 

votion, unceasing activity, and un- 
wavering perseverance. Their efforts 
were marked by sacrificial prayer, 
simple living, and a willingness to 
wear out before they rusted out. 

The key human ingredient in all 
of this was encouragement. Breth- 
ren writers filled the pages of the 
Evangelist with it. They constantly 
worked at building up one another. 
They cheered and cajoled; they 
urged and exhorted. They took re- 
sponsibility to be intentional in en- 
couragement. Pastors were coaches, 
officers were cheerleaders, and con- 
ferences were pep rallies. In district 
and national conventions, in lay and 
ministerial sessions, in Sunday 
schools and youth rallies, in WMS 
meetings and missionary weekends, 
they everlastingly encouraged one 

And it worked! They mounted a 
campaign to endow and accredit 
Ashland College. They trained 
women and men for church leader- 
ship, encouraging the most promis- 
ing to try for Ph.D. degrees. They 
carried through a drive to increase 
The Brethren Evangelist's circula- 
tion. They began a missionary pro- 
gram at home 
and overseas. 
They established 
new churches 
and consolidated 
existing ones. In 
spite of all the 
obstacles before 
them at the out- 
set, they grew to 
more than triple 
their original 

What of to- 
day? What do 
we hope for in 
The Brethren 
Church? Are we 
looking for 
growth, stability, 
direction, unity, 
leadership, com- 
petence, breadth, 
self-esteem, con- 
viction, opti- 
mism, or joy? 
How will such 
dreams be 
achieved? One 
part of the an- 
swer, humanly 
speaking, is sim- 

ple: build up one another! 

Moderator George Solomon left a 
precious legacy in his final message 
to the denomination when he 
charged us to be encouragers (The 
Brethren Evangelist, February 
1986, pages 6-7). Michael Smith said 
the same thing: getting the right at- 
titude is the crucial point. To para- 
phrase his article, no problem is 
hopeless unless we think so. In other 
words, our glass is not half empty — 
it is half full, if we have faith to see 
it. "The future is as bright as the 
promises of God." 

For our personal lives in Christ, 
for our common life in the church, 
for the mission God has given us in 
the world, we must choose to build 
up one another. As an unknown an- 
cient writer put it, let us draw near 
with true hearts and full confidence. 
Let us hold to our hope without the 
slightest hestitation. Let us think of 
one another and how we can encour- 
age each other to love and do good 
deeds (Heb. 10:22-25). 

By God's grace the Brethren of 80 
and 90 years ago won the battle of 
attitude. By the same grace we of 
today can do the same! [t] 

Ck^tuu(Ui| (A . . 


Seeing the Love 
in Each Other 

';.'1985 Northwind Studios International 

July/August 1986 

Evangelistic Encounters in ttie Bool^ of Acts. 


For Spontaneity 

WHEN was the last time some- 
one came to you and said, 
"Hey, tell me how I can become a 
Christian"? Or, "It seems that I'm 
missing out on something in life, 
and I'm convinced you are the one 
who can help me find it!"? 

I'm afraid such experiences are 
rare for most of us. For Christians 
who really want to share their faith 
with nonbelievers, such an experi- 
ence would be almost too good to 
be true. We more commonly meet 
people who are either apathetic to 
the message of Jesus Christ or 
openly hostile to it. 

Peter had this grand experience of 
meeting someone who wanted to 
know how to become a Christian 
when he encountered a Roman 
military officer named Cornelius 
(Acts 10). Usually when I think of 
this account, I am struck by the 
spontaneous way Cornelius became 
a believer. I guess I have this reac- 
tion because the Holy Spirit came 
upon Cornelius and those with him 
while Peter was still speaking to 
them, before he had finished. 

But a close look reveals that this 
response was anything but a momen- 
tary impulse or an event lacking in 
careful preparation. 

Many themes run throughout this 
passage, and several of these contain 
principles that we can apply as we 
seek to bring people to Jesus Christ. 

1. Being religious does not mean 
a person has salvation. 

Pastor Waters serves the Mt. Olive 
Brethren Church, McGaheysville, Va. 

Cornelius was prepared. He was a 
religious person in the best sense 
of the word. Verse 2 describes him 
favorably. First, he was devout or 
pious — he was apparently devoted 
to performing religious duties and 
exercises. He and his family were 
also God-fearers. That means they 
were Gentiles who were not fully 
proselytes to the Jewish religion, 
but they worshiped one God without 
relying on images. 

"Peter had this grand ex- 
perience of meeting some- 
one who wanted to know 
how to become a Christian 
when he encountered a 
Roman military officer 
named Cornelius (Acts 10)." 

But Cornelius was more than a 
God-fearer in name. His religion led 
him to be generous to the needy and 
to pray regularly. He sounds like the 
kind of person most of us would like 
to have in our church. 

In spite of all these positive reli- 
gious expressions, Cornelius was not 
truly a Christian. From the account 
it appears that he did not even know 
what it meant to be one. He needed 
something more — an encounter 
with Jesus Christ. His religion was 
only preparation for something 
more; but it was important prepara- 
tion nonetheless. 

Sometimes it is easy for us to as- 
sume that a person who acts reli- 

By Ronald W. Waters 

gious or who lives a "good, decent" 
life must already be saved. In fact, 
we often fail to even ask "religious" 
people about their relationship with 
Jesus Christ. We accept as fact that 
because of their behavior they must 
be Christians. 

But that may be a faulty assump- 
tion. We should never assume it. I'm 
afraid that a lot of "good" and "re- 
ligious" people may miss coming to 
salvation in Christ because we as- 
sume they know Him. 

2. What about the heathen? How 
will they be saved if they do not 
hear the good news? 

Certainly this passage does not 
give a definitive answer to this very 
difficult and complex question. 

But we do know that God has al- 
ways been a seeking God. He took 
the initiative to look for Adam and 
Eve in the garden after they dis- 
obeyed Him. He took the first step in 
redeeming Israel from bondage in 
Egypt. He took the step necessary to 
reconcile us to Him. And He saw the 
faithfulness of Cornelius and took 
the steps necessary for this Roman 
army officer to get the information 
he needed to come to a saving 
knowledge of Jesus Christ. 

God's Spirit is working in the 
hearts of all men and women, pre- 
paring the way for them to seek 
Him. Whenever anyone responds to 
that prompting, we can trust Him to 
make it possible for that person to 
learn more and to find Him — to re- 
ceive His forgiveness and be recon- 
ciled to Him. 

Perhaps the question for us is this: 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Will we be the willing instruments 
available for Him to use? (Not all 
the "heathen" live overseas. Some 
may live next door!) 

3. We need to be responsive to 
the spiritual needs of others and to 
the promptings of the Spirit. 

Few of us will have a vision, as 
Peter did, that prepares us so specif- 
ically to meet the needs of another. 
We may encounter some who will 
approach us as openly and directly 
as Cornelius did Peter. But certainly 
there are people all around us with 
spiritual needs waiting to be met. 

"Wouldn't it have been 
a shame if Peter had 
arrived and couldn't 
think what he should 
say to such a group?" 

Some will give outward signs of 
their interest in or desire to know 
more about the gospel. Others will 
be less open, but will quietly tele- 
graph their interest or need. We 
need to be sensitive in order to see 
and hear these needs in others. 

How? By praying specifically for 
people we know, especially if we are 
not sure they are Christians. (Re- 
member, verse 9 says Peter had 
gone to pray when God prepared 
him to meet Cornelius.) Then listen 
to what these people say. Find op- 
portunities to talk naturally about 
your faith in Christ. And at an ap- 
propriate time, take the courage and 
initiative to ask them what Jesus 
Christ means to them, being ready 
to share the Good News with them. 

4. We must know the Good News 
if we are going to share it. 

When Peter arrived at Caesarea, 
he found a large gathering of people. 
Cornelius was so expectant (though 
he did not know what Peter would 
have to say) that he was not waiting 
alone. Verse 24 says he "had called 
together his relatives and close 
friends" (MV"). 

Wouldn't it have been a shame if 

Peter had arrived and couldn't think 
what he should say to such a group? 
And it would have been equally 
tragic if he had known what to say 
but had never tried to put it into an 
orderly plan for presentation. 

Yet some of us would be hard 
pressed if suddenly we were faced by 
even one person (let alone a large 
gathering) who was ready, anxious, 
to hear about salvation in Jesus 

Certainly God has not called us all 
to be great orators, able to stand be- 
fore a crowd and systematically per- 
suade them to become Christians. 
And undoubtedly many of us would 
be very uneasy if called on to give 
an off-the-cuff presentation of any- 
thing, let alone the gospel. 

But a case could be made for every 
one of us being able to tell about the 
faith that we hold dear. At the very 
least we should be prepared to tell 
what Jesus means to us personally. 
(I use the word prepared purposely. 
While we might never present our 
testimony word-for-word from mem- 
ory, there is great advantage to 
writing it down and having in mind 
an outline of what we might share.) 
And it would be even better if we 
were prepared to share the plan of 
salvation, even if that only means 
carrying a copy of the "Four Spirit- 
ual Laws" in our pocket or purse and 
reading that to a person seeking to 
know the Lord. 

I've a notion God would give us 
opportunties to share the faith if we 
were the least bit prepared to do so. 
And wouldn't you and I feel much 
more relaxed when situations arise 
if we had the confidence, because we 
had prepared, that we could do it? 

5. What about visible manifesta- 
tions of the inward change in a new 
believer's life? 

The salvation of Cornelius and his 
household was clearly a special situ- 
ation. Though other Gentiles had be- 
lieved before (the Ethiopian official 
in Acts 8, for example), the conver- 
sion of Cornelius was a clear sign 
to Jewish believers that the Good 

News about Jesus Christ was most 
definitely for the Gentiles as well as 
for the Jews. This may be the reason 
for the very clear outpouring of the 
Spirit, in the same way He showed 
Himself at Pentecost (Acts 2). Acts 
contains other examples of people 
believing without an ecstatic experi- 

But we should expect to see some 
visible difference in any new be- 
liever's life. We may not im- 
mediately see all the behavior we 
commonly associate with a believer. 
After all, the person is only a babe, 
ready and needing to be fed through 
instruction in the faith. 

I'm interested that Peter and 
those with him stayed with Cor- 
nelius and his family a few days (v. 
48). This gave them opportunity to 
nurture them in their faith. They 
did not abandon the new believers 
. . . and neither should we. 

On the other hand, don't be sur- 
prised to see a marked change in the 
life of the believer very soon. While 
we don't know Peter's initial re- 
sponse, those believers who had 
traveled with him to Caesarea "were 
astonished" (v. 45) at what took 
place. We should be expectant, an- 
ticipating what the Lord will do in 
the new believer's life. 

"I've a notion God would 
give us opportunities to 
share the faith if we 
were the least bit pre- 
pared to do so. " 

What appears at first glance to be 
a situation of spontaneous conver- 
sion is certainly not that at all. 
Rather, this passage shows the 
marks of definite preparation: by the 
Spirit, by Cornelius, and by Peter. If 
we want to see "spontaneous conver- 
sions," we too need to be involved in 
careful preparation of ourselves and 
be open to the preparation God has 
made and is making in the lives of 
those around us. [t] 

July/ August 1986 

Greet the Dawn With Song! 

DURING a time of acute depres- 
sion in my life, I greeted each 
dawn with dread. Anxiety flooded 
my mind as soon as I awakened. 
How could I make it through 
another weary day? In the unknown 
that lay before me, what awful thing 
might happen to me or to the ones I 
loved? I was troubled and afraid. 

But then I learned that I could put 
the enemy to flight if I greeted the 
dawn with a song of trust and praise 
instead of a dirge of doubt and worry. 
After I learned this secret, how dif- 
ferent my waking moments became! 

I have heard it said that the devil 
can plant seeds of discouragement 
anywhere except in a thankful 
heart. I found this to be true. As my 
heart sang songs of praise to the 
Lord, doubts and fears crept away to 
be replaced by faith and joy. I knew 
that with Jesus my day was going to 
be good no matter what happened. 

Not only do gospel songs put our 
enemy to flight, they also strength- 
en us and those who hear our songs. 
J.C. Penney became deeply de- 
pressed when he lost his wealth in 
the financial crash of 1929. His de- 
pression caused a physical break- 
down, and he had to be hospitalized. 

Mr. Penney had lost hope, had 
given up, and expected to die. One 
morning at the hospital he felt com- 
pelled to get out of bed and walk 
down the corridor. As he did so, he 
came upon a group of people sing- 
ing, "God Will Take Care of You." 

Mrs. Nordtvedt is a free-lance writer 
living in Everett, Wash. 

Through hearing this song Mr. Pen- 
ney regained his hope and courage, 
recovered from his illness, and made 
an amazing financial comeback. 

In solitary confinement in a filthy 
prison in Vietnam, Howard C. Rut- 
ledge discovered the value of gospel 
songs. He and his fellow prisoners 
communicated with one another by 
tapping out messages in Morse code 
on their walls with tin cups. 

What kind of messages did they 
relay to one another? Most often it 
would be the line of a hymn or a 
Bible verse that they recalled. To- 
gether they reconstructed entire 
songs and verses, and these became 
their strength, enabling them to re- 
sist the brainwashing of their cap- 

In his book In the Presence of Mine 
Enemies, Captain Rutledge tells how 
he paced in his small cell when his 
situation became unbearable, hum- 
ming quietly and going over the 
words of the gospel songs he had 
been able to recall. The Holy Spirit 
used the words of these songs to 
buoy up his spirits during his seven 
years of captivity, until he was fi- 
nally released. 

How many gospel songs do we 
know by memory that could benefit 
us in such a place? Do we pay atten- 
tion to the words of the hymns we 
sing at church, or do we sing them 
carelessly, thinking of something 
else? In some countries. Christians 
buy their own hymnbooks. They 
treasure them and love to sing the 
gospel songs. Perhaps we have be- 
come so accustomed to the beautiful 

By Matilda Nordtvedt 

words we sing that we do not ap- 
preciate them as we should. 

Many hymns have been created in 
times of deep suffering. The psalmist 
says, "I call to remembrance my song 
in the night . . ."(Ps. 77:6). As we go 
through deep waters, these songs c£m 
bring comfort and strength to us, 
even as they did to the writers. 

There is a pathos about the songs 
of the world. They offer no solution 
to the sorrows and frustrations of 
life, as do the songs of those who 
know Christ. He is our song, as 
Isaiah declares (Isa. 12:2). As we 
sing songs of praise to Him who has 
replaced our heaviness with joy, 
others who are burdened will hear. 
Perhaps they too will turn to the 
One who can give them a song. 

"And he hath put a new song in 
my mouth, even praise unto our 
God: many shall see it, and tear, and 
shall trust in the Lord" (Ps. 40:3). 
Your song of praise will be seen by 
those aroimd you in your counte- 
nance and in your attitudes. 

Sing, then. Christians! Sing dur- 
ing the ordinary routine of the day, 
when the sameness of your duties 
bogs you down. Sing when the night 
is falling and you feel wistful and 
sad. Sing during the night when you 
experience heartache and suffering. 
But most of all, sing in the morning, 
as you start out a new day with con- 
fidence in the One who has given 
you a song of joy. 

"0 God, my heart is ready to 
praise you! I will sing and rejoice be- 
fore you. . . . We will meet the dawn 
with song" (Ps. 108:1,2, TLB). [t] 

The Brethren Evangeust 

Developing a Global Vision 

Racism: Call It By Name 

RACISM. Even the word sounds 
ugly. It creates images of 
hooded Klansmen, burning crosses, 
and Adolf Hitler. We would hardly 
expect to find racism in our evangel- 
ical churches. Much less would we 
expect to find it in ourselves. 

But let's look again. I did during a 
recent trip to Peru's mountainous 
state of Ayacucho. 

My wife and I had traveled to 
Ayacucho in order to observe the 
evangelical relief effort, underway 
to help the victims of the terrorist- 
related violence ravaging the area. 

We visited a church that had 
opened its basement to several ref- 
ugee families. These had fled, or lost 
their homes, because of the violence. 
They were all Quechuas, the people 
who have suffered most from the 
Ayacucho violence. 

A Quechua refugee family 

One family had arrived just that 
night. The parents and six children 
huddled on the cement floor. They 
looked dirty, tired, and hungry. 
They were evangelical Christians. 

It was hard commimicating: The 
father spoke a little Spanish — the 
rest, only Quechua. He communi- 
cated that they had traveled from a 
far village and hadn't eaten all day. 
The gaunt mother had a vacant 
stare, which made me shudder. She 
nursed one child, and the other kids 
seemed too weak to complain. 

We had prayer with this Christian 
family, first in Spanish and then in 
Quechua. Then the local relief coor- 
dinator bought them supper at a 
nearby diner. 

July/August 1986 

The church scrounged for blan- 
kets, and then that family retired to 
the concrete floor. Meanwhile, my 
wife and I returned to our room in 
the comfortable home of a friend. 

Later that night I kept seeing that 
bedraggled family and the mother's 
empty gaze. What a terrible situa- 
tion: an entire family, uprooted and 
destitute. They'd lost everything and 
looked malnourished and sick. 

I tried to identify with them, but 
it was hard. They spoke a different 
language and had customs entirely 
different from my own. What were 
they used to? What did they expect 
out of life? 

Slowly the meaning of this brief 
encounter began to materialize. 
True, I'd been concerned about this 
family. But why hadn't I felt more 
for them? 

I now began to squirm. Would I 
have been more concerned if it were 
my mother sleeping there at the 
church? In general, would I have felt 
more upset if the refugees had been 
people from the United States — 
people from my own culture? 

Selective compassion 

Did I practice compassion on a 
selective basis and only toward 
people I could relate to culturally? 

This reminded me of Cambodia in 
the late 1970s, when more than two 
million people died in "The Killing 
Fields" of the despotic Pol Pot. It 
was a tragedy unequaled since the 
Jewish Holocaust of World War II. 
Yet, we North Americans barely 
raised a protest. Was it because they 
were Asians — not British or Euro- 

peans, with whom we could more 
closely identify? 

With regards to the Quechua ref- 
ugees, maybe I somehow considered 
them less important. Perhaps I un- 
consciously placed them on a lower 
level and used their race as a way to 
distance myself from their pain. 
Hadn't the Quechuas always suf- 
fered? Weren't they used to tough 

As terrible as it seemed, I think I 
somehow thought I was more impor- 
tant to God — me, a North Ameri- 
can, with my college degrees, mis- 
sionary career, and long-range objec- 
tives. These were Quechuas, poor 
farmers, whose main worry was 
eking out a living. World mission 
and evangelistic strategy were more 
foreign to them than hot running 

Worse yet, maybe I and Peruvian 
believers regarded these brethren as 
more "expendable" than we were. If 
not, then why had we waited so long 
to launch a relief effort in their be- 
half? Why hadn't we risked our- 
selves for them? 

Unconscious superiority complex 

By now I was seeing my uncon- 
scious superiority complex. It both- 
ered me. I'd always opposed racial 
bigots, and I criticized people who 
made jokes or crass generalizations 
about blacks, Hispanics, or other ra- 
cial groups. But here I was harbor- 
ing some unchristian attitudes that 
could only be called racist. Why not 
call it by its name — sin? 

Racism occurs when we minimize 
another person's value just because 
he or she is different. It's natural, 
but it's not scriptural. 

That night in Ayacucho, God 
spoke to me through David in Psalm 
139: "For you created my inmost 
being; you knit me together in my 
mother's womb. I praise you because 
I am fearfully and wonderfully 
made; . . . (w. 13-14, NIV). 

Every person is valuable in God's 
eyes. Shouldn't I, and you, love these 
Quechua believers and those of all 
races just as much as God does? 

A rural Quechua believer in Peru 
excitedly told a visitor, "Before, the 
missionaries only received us at 
their doorstep. Now, they invite us 
in and we drink tea with them!" 

Is there someone you are keeping 
on the doorstep? [t] 

Readers' Forum 

A column in ivhich readers can share their thoughts and vieivs with the Brethren. 

An Expression of Appreciation 

I read a greeting card verse recently 
that really expressed my feelings. The 
verse says simply: 

It's a beautiful thing to discover 

That when you turn to the Lord 
to meet a need in your life, 

He provides it by working through 
someone as special as you. 

Thursday afternoon of May 15 I 
very suddenly developed chest pains, 
soon to be diagnosed at Samaritan 
Hospital (Ashland, Ohio) as a "coro- 
nary." Following diagnosis, my family 
physician advisefl that I be transferred 
to St. Vincent's Charity Hospital in 
Cleveland, Ohio, for further tests, 
evaluation, and treatment. A heart 
catheter revealed an aneurysm on one 
of the main arteries, and the next day, 
May 23, I underwent by-pass heart 
surgery to correct the problem. 

Just one week later I returned home 
to begin the long and very slow proc- 
ess of recuperation. (Some of you 

know what I'm talking about.) My 
first post-surgery checkup proved 
"OK," and I'm now beginning to work 
on an abbreviated schedule. No doubt 
it will be a number of weeks before a 
normal schedule (especially travel) is 

All of this to accomplish three 

First, to again give testimony to the 
greatness of my Lord and the faithful- 
ness of His church. 

Second, to bring you up to date with 
the "real scoop." Praise be to God for 
successful surgery and for providing 
healing in His time. 

Finally, and I refer to the aforemen- 
tioned verse, I want to thank all of my 
many friends and co-workers who 
have shown such kind and prayerful 
concern. Calls, cards, letters arrived 
from across the country and around 
the world. And people were faithfully 
praying! Since personal thanks would 

be very difficult if not impossible, I 

felt the best way to express my sincere 

appreciation was through the pages of 

The Brethren Evangelist. 

Thank you, and God bless you. 

James R. Black (Colossians 3:17) 

Executive Director, Missionary 

Board of The Brethren Church 

Ashland, Ohio 

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Healing the World's hurts 

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A Tentmaker's Report 

Greetings from Berlin, Pa., and the activities of part-time 
tentmaker Mabel Hepler. I arrived back in Berlin in time to 
take part in the Communion service and our Easter serv- 
ices, after spending a most enjoyable and spiritually re- 
freshing winter with the Bloomingdale Community (Breth- 
ren) Church in Valrico, Fla. 

It was a real privilege to work with Pastor Charles 
Ankney, his wife Joanne, son Michael, and daughter 
Brenda. They were an inspiration to me from the first Sun- 
day I met them. They are a truly dedicated family — 
Joanne being the pianist; Michael, the song leader and solo- 
ist; and Brenda, the youth teacher and performer of many 
other duties around the church. 

Pastor Ankney is truly on fire for the Lord, and a coun- 
selor as well for the many problems that arise. Though the 
church is small, it is active and cooperative. An added bonus 
was Pastor John Turley and his wife, who winter in Valrico. 
He conducted the evening services and also held home Bible 
studies on Tuesday evenings. 

I helped with teaching the adult class, general visitation, 
and visited in the home of a shut-in family weekly to have 
Bible study with them. I also did various other duties. 

If the Lord wills, I may go down again this coming winter. 
That Florida sunshine agrees with my health, and the pre- 
cious friends I have made at this work make it all worth- 

Mabel Hepler 
Berlin, Pa. 

{Editor's note: Mrs. Hepler is a senior citizen who has 
spent several winters serving as a tentmaker in various 
Brethren Home Mission churches.) 

The Brethren Evangelist 

General Conference Preview 

"Faith and Family" 

Tlie 98th General Conference 
Of The Brethren Church 

August 11-15 Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio 

Deuteronomy 6:6, 7 

The emphasis will be on the Christian family at this 
year's General Conference, in keeping with the "Faith 
and Family" theme. 

The Conference will begin with a "Brethren Family 
Reunion" Monday afternoon on the Ashland College 
quad. This will be a time for individual family to- 
getherness (both adults and Brethren Youth will par- 
ticipate), as well as a time of fellowship for the larger 
"Brethren Family." 

There will be games, singing, refreshments, and 
shady areas in which Brethren can just sit and talk 
and enjoy one another's company. An outdoor bar- 

becue and picnic is planned for the dinner hour, fol- 
lowed by an evening vesper service on the steps of 
Founders Hall. 

The family emphasis will carry over into the evening 
with a Family Worship Hour, then continue through- 
out the week in the various sessions, and especially in 
those by the main inspirational speaker, Dr. J. Allan 
Petersen, a family life specialist (see below). 

For other information about what is planned for 
this year's Conference, see the schedule on the next 
page and the details on this and the following four 


Dr. J. Allan Petersen, a nation- 
ally known marriage and family 
life specialist, will be the main in- 
spirational speaker at General 

Dr. Petersen is the founder/direc- 
tor of Family Concern, which fo- 
cuses on practical family improve- 

ment and instruction. In this posi- 
tion, he conceived and directed the 
Continental Congress on the Fam- 
ily, which brought together 2,500 
leaders from 60 denominations. 

He was also one of the founders 
of The Family Research Council of 
America and was invited by Presi- 
dent Carter to serve on the Na- 
tional Task Force to provide final 
recommendations from the White 
House Conferences on the Family. 

He has authored eight books, 
and he edits and publishes Home- 
made, a family information and en- 
richment handout for churches and 



Dr. Warren 
of educa- 
tion and 
Director of 
at Man- 
ter, Ind., 

will moderate this year's General 
Conference. Scheduled to serve as 
moderator-elect at this Conference, 
Dr. Garner assum.ed the responsi- 

bilities of moderator as a result of 
the death of Rev. George W. Sol- 
omon last November. 

Bom in Dahanu, India, to Church 
of the Brethren missionaries, Dr. 
Gamer was active in the Church of 
the Brethren until 1974, when he 
joined the First Brethren Church of 
North Manchester. He has served 
that congregation as a Sunday 
school teacher, chairman, and 
deacon, and has been a regular 
attender at General Conference 
since 1976. 

He and his wife Helen have two 
sons, Timothy (29)), a Brethren 
pastor, and Gregory (33). 

Dr. Garner will present his mod- 
erator's address at nine o'clock 
Tuesday morning and preside over 
the daily business sessions at 10:00 

families. He and his wife Evelyn 
have three grown sons and three 

Dr. Petersen will speak during 
the 9:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. services 
on Wednesday and Thursday of 
Conference. His topics will be 
"Dangers in a Pastor's Home," 
"Family Purpose and Success," 
"The One Essential," and "Do You 
Love Yourself Enough?" 

July/August 1986 


General Conference Preview 

Conference Schedule 

Monday, August 11 

2:30 p.m. Brethren Family Reunion. An informal 
reunion time with sharing, lawn games, 
and singing. 

Brethren Family Reunion BBQ and Picnic 
Evening Vespers led by Dr. Alvin Shifflett 
and Brad Hardesty. Special recognition 
honoring the late Rev. George Solomon. 
Family Worship Hour. Youth march, sing- 
ing, special music. Message by Rev. Leroy 
Solomon. Fellowship following at Joel's 
"Out of the Salt Shaker" Film #1 

5:00 p.m. 
6:30 p.m. 

7:30 p.m. 

2:15 p.m. 

3:30 p.m. 
7:30 p.m. 

9:00 p.m. 

Workshop Hour. Eight sessions to choose 


Auxiliary Sessions 

Evening Worship with Dr. J. Allan 


Fellowship following at Joel's Place 

The Agape Boat musical drama presented 

at Park Street Brethren Church 

"Out of the Salt Shaker" Film #3 

9:00 p.m. 

Tuesday, August 12 

7:00 a.m. Morning Prayer Retreat 

7:30 a.m. Ministers' Wives Continental Breakfast 

8:00 a.m. Senior Saints Choir Rehearsal 

"Out of the Salt Shaker" Film #1 
9:00 a.m. Inspirational Hour with address by 

Moderator Dr. Warren Garner 
10:00 a.m. Opening Business Session 
2:15 p.m. Crusader Review 
3:30 p.m. Auxiliary Sessions 
7:30 p.m. Evening Worship. "A Call to Brethren 

Ministry" with Rev. James R. Black 

Fellowship following at Joel's Place 
9:00 p.m. BYC Showcase 

"Out of the Salt Shaker" Film #2 

Wednesday, August 13 

7:00 a.m. Morning Prayer Retreat 

8:00 a.m. Senior Saints and Men's Chorus Rehearsal 

"Out of the Salt Shaker" Film #2 
9:00 a.m. Inspirational Hour with Dr. J. Allan 
10:00 a.m. Business Session 

12:00 noon WMS Luncheon for all women and girls 
NLO Picnic for all men, pastors, and boys 


August 14 

7:00 a.m. 

Morning Prayer Retreat 

8:00 a.m. 

"Out of the Salt Shaker" Film #3 

9:00 a.m. 

Inspirational Hour with Dr. J. Allan 


10:00 a.m. 

Business Session 

12:00 noon 

World Relief Soup and Bread Line 

2:15 p.m. 

Workshop Hour. Seven new topics will 

be offered. 

3:30 p.m. 

Auxiliary Sessions 

5:15 p.m. 

BCE Celebration Dinner with Rev. Rod 


7:30 p.m. 

Evening Worship with Dr. J. Allan 


Fellowship following at Joel's Place 

9:00 p.m. 

Concert by Linda Ebert and Bill Shafer 

"Out of the Salt Shaker" Film #4 

Friday, August 15 

7:00 a.m. Morning Prayer Retreat 

Organizational meetings for General 

Conference Committees 

"Out of the Salt Shaker" Film #4 

Inspirational Hour with Rev. Kenneth 


Final Business Session 

Missionary Luncheon with Rev. K. Prasanth 


Conclusion of Conference 

8:00 a.m. 

9:00 a.m. 

10:00 a.m. 
12:00 noon 

2:00 p.m. 


A valuable part of General Con- 
ference and one that has grown in 
importance over the past several 
years is the various workshops 
available to the delegates. This 
year 15 workshops will be pre- 
sented on a variety of topics on 
Wednesday and Thursday after- 
noons from 2:15 to 3:15. 

Workshops scheduled for Wednes- 
day are as follows: 

Biblical Principles of Money 
Management, Part I, led by Ken 
Van Duyne. 

Dealing with Depression, led by 
Dr. John Shultz. 

Storytelling (techniques of telling 
stories to primary-age children), 
led by Mrs. Alberta Holsinger. 

For Life: Christian Peacemaking 
in a Nuclear Age (slide presenta- 
tion), led by Rev. Phil Lersch. 

Money Matters! The Biblical 
Message and Spiritual Power, led 
by Rev. Clyde Fry. 

Victims Have Names (responding 
to domestic disasters), led by Rev. 
Tim Garner. 

How to Grow a WMS! led by 
Mrs. Juanita Dillard. 

Worship as a Lifestyle, led by 
Mrs. Sherry Van Duyne. 

The following workshops are 
scheduled for Thursday: 

Biblical Principles of Money 
Management. Part II, led by Ken 

Van Duyne. 

Special Concerns of Pastoral 
Families, led by Dr. J. Alan Peter- 
sen. (For wives of pastors and 
wives of seminary students.) 

Teaching the Bible with Games 
(using games with upper elemen- 
tary children), led by Mrs. Alberta 

Peace Points of View Toward 
Nicaragua; panel discussion by Dr. 
Harold Bamett, Dr. Dale Stoffer, 
and Jeff Weidenhamer, moderated 
by Rev. Phil Lersch. 

Stewardship: a Way of Living, 
led by Thomas Grumbling. 

The Ministry of Tentmaking, led 
by Rev. James R. Black. 

Abortion Alternatives, sponsored 
by the Social Concerns Committee. 


The Brethren Evangeust 

General Conference Preview 

Business and Elections 

Business sessions will be held 
from 10:00 to 11:45 a.m. on Tues- 
day through Friday of Conference 
week. Specific items of business, in 
addition to elections and the usual 
Conference reports, will include 
consideration of the "Brethren Re- 
solve for Peace" (see pages 14 and 
16 of the June Evangeust), a 
recommendation from Executive 
Council concerning implementa- 
tion of Phase III, and Executive 
Council's report on the possibility 
of holding Conference at another 

As of June 20, the Nominating 
Committee had prepared the fol- 
lowing slate of nominees for Con- 
ference officers. (It is possible that 
the committee will add additional 
names before Conference.) 

Dale Staffer, pastor of the Smoky 
Row Brethren Church, Columbus, 
Ohio, and current moderator of the 
Ohio District. 

Harold Barnett, pastor of the 

Hagerstown First Brethren Church 
and current chairman of the South- 
eastern District Board of Spiritual 

Teresa Hensley, member of the 
Pleasant View Brethren Church, 
where she is a Sunday school 
teacher, senior high youth advisor, 
and wife of the pastor. Worked as a 
secretary in the insurance field for 
several years. 
Assistant Treasurer 

Ken Van Duyne, director of the 
Brethren Retreat Center, Ship- 
shewana, Ind., member of the 
Brighton Chapel Brethren Church, 
and treasurer for the Board of 
Trustees of the Brethren Publish- 
ing Company. 

Tim Rowsey, member of Park 
Street Brethren Church, where he 
is treasurer and a Sunday school 
teacher. Employed as Information 
Management Coordinator for West- 
em Reserve Farm Credit in Ash- 

Statutory Agent 

John Shultz, dean of Ashland 
Theological Seminary, president of 
the Board of Trustees of the Breth- 
ren Publishing Company, and 
member of Park Street Brethren 

James Amstutz, member and 
former youth pastor of Park Street 
Brethren Church. Employed as Ac- 
count Executive for The Koehler 
Group of Wooster, Ohio 

Brethren Publishing Company 
Annual Corporation Meeting 

The annual corporation meeting 
of the Brethren Publishing Com- 
pany will be held Thursday, August 
14, 1986, during the 10:00 a.m. 
(EDT) business session of the Gen- 
eral Conference of The Brethren 
Church. The meeting will be held in 
the John C. Myers Convocation 
Center, Ashland College, Ashland, 
Ohio. Delegates to the General Con- 
ference constitute the membership 
of the corporation. 

— Ciene A. Geaslen, Secretary 

Inspirational Speakers 

In addition to the four addresses 
by the main inspirational speaker. 
Dr. J. Allan Petersen, several 
Brethren pastors will present mes- 
sages during Conference week. 

Dr. Alvin Shifflett, senior pastor 
of the Nappanee, Ind., First Breth- 
ren Church, and Pastor Brad Har- 
desty of the Milledgeville, 111., 
Brethren Church, will lead the ves- 
per service at 6:30 on Monday 
evening. This will be a service hon- 
oring the late Rev. George W. Sol- 
omon, who was to have served as 
moderator of this Conference. 

The vesper service will be fol- 
lowed by a "Family Worship 
Hour," during which Rev. Leroy 
Solomon, son of the late Rev. 
Greorge Solomon, will bring the 
message. Leroy is pastor of the 
Winding Waters Brethren Church 
of Elkhart, Ind. 

Rev. James R. Black, Executive 

Director of the Missionary Board of 
The Brethren Church, will speak 
at Evening Worship on Tuesday. 
Rev. Black will be presenting "A 
Call to Brethren Ministry." 

Rev. Kenneth Hunn is scheduled 
to speak at the Inspirational Hour 
on Friday morning. Rev. Hunn is 
pastor of the First Brethren 
Church of Warsaw, Ind. 

During the Missionary Luncheon 
at noon on Friday, Rev. K. 
Prasanth Kumar will be present- 
ing a message. Rev. Kumar serves 
as a Brethren missionary in his 
homeland of India. He and his wife 
Nirmala will be visiting the U.S. 
from August through October. 

BCE 20th-Year 
Celebration Dinner 

Brethren at this year's General 
Conference are invited to join the 
Board of Christian Education in 
celebrating its twentieth anniver- 
sary at a "Celebration Dinner" on 
Thursday afternoon. 

Charles Beekley, Director of 
Christian Education, will emcee 
the dinner, which will be held at 
5:15 p.m. He will be joined for the 
occasion by his predecessor, Dr. 
Fred Burkey, who will take a look 
back at the BCE's 20-year history. 
All former BCE staff members 
have been invited to the dinner 
and will be given recognition. 

The featured speaker will be 
Rev. Rod Toews, minister of Chris- 
tian education at a large church in 
suburban San Francisco and a 
former executive for Gospel Light. 

Conference Housing 

Conference housing for adults will 
be in Amstutz and Kem Halls. A reg- 
istration form was included in the 
June Evangelist (p. 15). The hous- 
ing desk, located in the Display 
Room of the Convocation Center, will 
be open from 2:00 p.m. to midnight 
on Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 
p.m. on Monday, and at various 
times throughout the rest of the 

July/August 1986 


General Conference Preview 

Auxiliary and Children's Sessions 

Laymen's Sessions 

The National Laymen's Organi- 
zation sessions for General Confer- 
ence will feature inspirational mes- 
sages by Dr. Charles Munson, Dr. 
Alvin Shifflett, and Dr. John 

Dr. Munson, retired dean of Ash- 
land Theological Seminary, will 
speak at the Tuesday afternoon 
session; Dr. Shifflett, senior pastor 
of the Nappanee, Ind., First Breth- 
ren Church, will give a message 
at the Men and Boys' Picnic, 

scheduled from noon until 2:00 
p.m. Wednesday at the seminary; 
and Dr. Shultz, the present dean of 
the seminary, will speak at the 
Wednesday afternoon session. 

Other activities throughout the 
week will include committee selec- 
tions and business on Tuesday; 
a memorial service led by NLO 
President-Elect Steve Williams 
on Wednesday; elections and in- 
gathering on Wednesday; and in- 
gathering and installation of offi- 
cers on Thursday. 

Laymen sessions will be held in 
the Claremont Room of the Ash- 
land College Convocation Center. 

and Junior Youtli 

The Park Street Brethren 
Church building will be bustling 
with activity during Conference 
week, as both the children's and 
junior youth programs will be con- 
ducted in this excellent educational 
facility. Children in each group 
will explore the Conference theme, 
"Faith and Family," at their own 
level and in ways that will enable 
them to learn biblical truths. 

Younger children will partici- 
pate each morning in Bible lessons, 
learning activities, music, and 
creative play. Their afternoons will 
include time for crafts, outdoor 
play, resting, and possibly some 
water activities. 

Junior youth will focus on Bible 

input, music, crafts, and learning 
activities each morning. Then in 
the afternoon they will have time 
for outdoor recreation, water ac- 
tivities, and relaxation with qual- 
ity videos appropriate for their age 
level. A special trip to the Center 
of Science and Industry in Colum- 
bus is planned for Thursday. 

Parents are requested to dress 
children in comfortable play 
clothes and shoes. Swimsuits and 
towels will be needed for water ac- 
tivities. Children should also bring 
toothbrushes labeled with their 

Nutritious homemade meals will 
be served in the church fellowship 
hall each noon, and afternoon 
snacks will also be provided. 

For cost and registration infor- 
mation, see page 16 of the June 

Senior Saints 
Conference Chioir 

All senior age Brethren singers 
will be happy to learn that a spe- 
cial choir is being planned for them 
at this year's General Conference. 
You are eligible for the choir if you 
are a singer of senior age. 

Rehearsals will be held Tuesday 
and Wednesday mornings from 
eight to nine o'clock in the Convo- 
cation Center. The choir will then 

sing several numbers during the 
Wednesday evening worship serv- 
ice. Rev. W. St. Clair Benshoff will 
direct the choir, and his wife Polly 
will serve as accompanist. 

The Senior Saints Choir is spon- 
sored by the General Conference 
Worship Committee and is being 
planned as a result of a recommen- 
dation made at last year's General 
Conference. It merits the full sup- 
port of all those who have been 
singing in Brethren Church choirs 
through the years. 

WMS Session 

"Faith: the Heart of the Family" 
will be the theme of the Woman's 
Missionary Society sessions at 
General Conference. Dolores Kep- 
linger will be the devotional leader 
and Pat Lusch the song leader for 
the sessions, which will be held 
in the main Conference meeting 

National WMS President Donna 
Stoffer will present her "Presi- 
dent's Challenge" diu-ing the Tues- 
day afternoon session. Elections 
and other business will also be con- 
ducted on Tuesday. 

The WMS luncheon, scheduled 
for Wednesday noon, will feature a 
skit by the Indiana District WMS 
entitled "How to Kill a Society." 
The women will also conduct their 
Project Ingathering during the 

The Wednesday afternoon ses- 
sion will include a memorial serv- 
ice and business, while the Thank 
Offering, business, and installation 
of officers are scheduled for the ses- 
sion on Thursday afternoon. 

Association Sessions 

Fellowship, inspiration, progress, 
and recreation will be the em- 
phases of the National Brethren 
Ministerial Association sessions at 
General Conference. 

Elder Smith Rose will present a 
"Presidential Challenge" during 
the Tuesday afternoon session. 
Also included on the agenda for 
that day are significant reports and 
business relating to the ongoing 
work of the association. 

On Wednesday, the time will be 
used for fellowship and recreation. 
Thursday's session will include 
memorials, reception of new mem- 
bers, sharing, election of officers, 
action on the association's constitu- 
tion, and other business. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

General Conference Preview 

The BYC Convention 

The 1986 BYC Convention will 
offer an exciting time for each par- 
ticipant. Under the guidance of 
BYC Moderator Mark Robison, a 
schedule has been developed that 
will give BYC members a full week 
of study, fellowship, and business. 

In an effort to assist the youth 
in their spiritual and intellectual 
growth, the Convention will again 
offer a variety of workshops. This 
format was extremely successful 
last year, and with the speakers 
lined up for this year, we are look- 
ing forward to another banner 

Monday the youth will partici- 
pate with the adults in the All- 
Conference "Brethren Family 
Reunion" on the Ashland College 
quad. Then that night the youth 
can look forward to a roller-skating 
party at a local rink. They will be 
able to skate the night away to 
their favorite contemporary Chris- 
tian music. 

Tuesday, the youth will hear the 
adult and BYC moderators' ad- 
dresses and also hold their first 
business session. In addition, in 
order to prepare the youth for their 
Thursday evening Communion 
service. Rev. Bob Dillard will lead 
a workshop on the meaning and 
significance of Communion. 

Tuesday will also include the an- 

nual Crusader 
Review in the 
afternoon as 
well as the BYC 
Showcase that 
night. Speaking 
of the Show- 
case, this year 
it has been 
scheduled after 
evening worship 
so that adults 
will have no 
problem attend- 
ing. The Show- 

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A scene from The Agape Boat, which will be presented Wednesday night. 

case offers an excellent evening of 
entertainment. But more impor- 
tant, it provides the entire Confer- 
ence an opportunity to witness the 
abundant and virtually untapped 
talent that Brethren Youth offer 
The Brethren Church. Be there! 

Wednesday will be a day of 
learning and of being challenged 
by dynamic leaders and informa- 
tive workshops. This year's work- 
shop leaders are Rev. Denny Wil- 
son, Rev. Ken Goss, and Rev. Terry 
Lodico. The theme verse is I 
Timothy 4:12, which calls on youth 
to be Trendsetters. The workshops 
will focus on being Trendsetters in 
the church, at school, and in social 
and free-time situations. 

This year's special entertain- 
ment will be a major production of 

a musical comedy entitled The 
Agape Boat. This musical cruise 
will be presented Wednesday night 
by the Drama Ministry of the Park 
Street Brethren Church and will be 
open to both youth and adults. 

Thursday's highlights will in- 
clude business sessions, mod- 
erator's cup awards, and the al- 
ways uplifting BYC Communion, 
led by Rev. Bob Dillard. And if the 
weather permits, the youth will 
again bring Thursday's activities 
to a close with a campfire. 

An exciting Convention has been 
planned — one that is certain to be 
a highlight of a young person's 
summer. Registration information 
was sent to registered BYC mem- 
bers, youth advisors, and pastors in 

Convention Highlights 

Monday, August 11 

3:00 p.m. BYC Council Meeting 
4:30 p.m. Brethren Family 

9:30 p.m. Roller-skating 

Tuesday, August 12 

9:00 a.m. Adult Moderator's 

BYC Moderator's 
Address and Business 
Workshop on 
Crusader Review 
Crusader Orientation/ 

7:30 p.m. Worship Service 
9:00 p.m. BYC Super Showcase 
11:00 p.m. Super Fellowship 

10:30 a.m. 

1:00 p.m. 

2:15 p.m. 
3:15 p.m. 


8:30 a.m. 
10:00 a.m. 
10:30 a.m. 
11:00 a.m. 
11:30 a.m. 
12:00 noon 

1:30 p.m. 
2:00 p.m. 
3:00 p.m. 

7:30 p.m. 

, August 13 

Chapel Service 

Workshop 1 

Workshop 2 

Workshop 3 

Talkback 1 

WMS Luncheon/NLO 


Talkback 2 




Worship Service 

9:00 p.m. 

The Agape Boat 


August 14 

8:30 a.m. 

Chapel Service 

10:00 a.m. 

Business Session 

1:30 p.m. 


2:45 p.m. 

Workshop 1 

3:25 p.m. 

Workshop 2 

4:05 p.m. 

Workshop 3 

5:15 p.m. 

BCE Celebration 


6:15 p.m. 

Moderator's Cup 


7:30 p.m. 

Worship Service 

9:00 p.m. 

Communion Service 

10:30 p.m. 


Friday, August 15 

9:00 a.m. 

Chapel Service 

10:00 a.m. 

Business Session 

12:00 noon 


July/ August 1986 




Cheyenne Church Dedicates 
New Sanctuary on Easter 

Cheyenne, Wyo. — Easter was an 
extra special occasion this year for the 
members of the Cheyenne Brethren 
Church, for it was during the morning 
worship service that day that they 
dedicated their new sanctuary. 

The new sanctuary is part of an ad- 
dition to the church building that also At right, the 
includes two new classrooms, an office chancel area of 
for the pastor, a restroom for the the new sanctuary. 
handicapped, a storeroom, and a Below, a view 
wheelchair ramp to provide easy ac- toward the back 
cess for the handicapped. of the sanctuary. 

Cost of the project, which includes Photos by Hu* L. Lawson 

Burlington Church Shows Appreciation 
To Pastor and Mrs. Ronald L. Waters 

Burlington, Ind. — The First Breth- 
ren Church of Burlington had a sur- 
prise appreciation day for Pastor and 
Mrs. Ronald L. Waters on Sunday, 
June 1, on the occasion of the couple's 
36th wedding anniversary. 

The surprise unfolded during the 
morning worship service, following a 
special number by Pastor Ron and 
wife Carol3rn. At the conclusion of the 
duet, Margaret Mabbit came forward 
and presented the pastor a bouton- 
niere and Mrs. Waters a corsage. She 
then persuaded the pastor (after some 
resistance on his part) to sit with his 
wife for the remainder of the service. 

The service proceeded with devo- 
tions by Lloyd Williams, who also read 

a poem, "A Tribute to a Minister's 
Wife." Carrol Stout expressed appreci- 
ation for the pastor, and Roy Brubaker 
recited an original poem about the 
lives of Pastor Ron and Carolyn. 

Following the service, the congrega- 
tion was invited to join Rev. and Mrs. 
Waters in the basement for punch, 
cake, and a time of fellowship. The ap- 
preciation service and time of fellow- 
ship were planned by the Welcome 
Class on behalf of the congregation. 

Rev. Waters has pastored the Bur- 
lington Church since June 1983. He 
and Carolyn are the parents of five 
children, the oldest of whom (Ronald 
W.) is also a Brethren pastor. 

— reported by Esther Wagoner 

preliminary work on the yet uncom- 
pleted basement, was approximately 
$180,000, plus considerable time and 
labor by members of the congregation. 
Work began on the addition in the fall 
of 1984. 

The new sanctuary, which will seat 
approximately 200, has Classic Cream 
walls and Harvest (brown and tan tex- 
tured) carpet. Pews are light oak with 
dark brown upholstery and five-inch 
padding. The permanent-pleat drapes, 
provided by the local WMS ladies, are 
white with a rose design. 

Rev. G. Emery Hurd, pastor of the 
Cheyenne congregation, led the serv- 
ice of dedication. Special music was 
provided by the choir and also by 
David, Mary, and Julie White. 

The Cheyenne congregation is now 
in the process of completing work on 
the basement — remodeling the sec- 
tion under the original building and 
doing the finishing work on the part 
under the addition. 

— reported by Alice M. Tharp 

Photo by Russell Rodkey 

Rev. and Mrs. Ronald L. Waters 


The Brethren Evangeust 


Dan L. Lawson Ordained an Elder 
June 8 at College Corner Church 

Wabash, Ind. — Danny L. Lawson 
was ordained an elder in The Brethren 
Church and his wife Lynne was con- 
secrated as the wife of an elder in a 
service held Sunday afternoon, June 
8, at the College Comer Brethren 

Dr. Jack Oxenrider, senior pastor of 
the Jefferson Brethren Church, pre- 
sented the ordination message. Other 
Brethren elders participating in the 
service were Rev. William Brady, pas- 
tor of the College Comer Church; Dr. 
John Shultz, dean of Ashland Theo- 
logical Seminary; and Rev. Duane 
Dickson, pastor of the Huntington 
First Brethren Church. Also taking 
part in the service was Marvin C. 
Lawson, Dan's father, who is mod- 
erator of the College Comer Church. 

Special music was presented by or- 
ganist Dr. James A. Hirt of Cincin- 
nati, Ohio; by a quartet, "Promise," 

Rev. and Mrs. Dan Lawson and 
daughter Alesia Anne. 

composed of Dan's brothers, Chester 
and Jeffery, and their wives; tmd by 
Miss Diana Grubbs of Cincinnati and 
Mrs. Lynne Lawson. 
Danny Lee Lawson was bom Sep- 

"Great is the Lord" is Devotional Theme 
Of 99th Brethren Conference of Indiana 

Shipshewana, Ind. — "Great is the 
Lord" was the theme of the 99th 
Brethren Conference of Indiana held 
June 13-14 at the Brethren Retreat 

In keeping with this theme, district 
moderator Rev. Ralph Gibson brought 
a message from Psalm 4 in which he 
showed that God expresses His great- 
ness by His mighty acts. His faithful- 
ness, and His righteousness. 

Stating that we must also show the 
greatness of God in our lives, he 
evaluated the district's performance in 
doing so. He noted the new members 
many churches received during the 
past year, the building projects in a 
number of the district churches, and a 
new attitude among the district pas- 

He also looked at some areas in 
which the district needs to improve. 
He recommended specifically that 
each district congregation conduct a 
study of the biblical principles of giv- 
ing and relate this to its own giving 
potential; and that each local church 
establish at least a three-month visi- 
tation program during the next year 
to visit prospects, absentees, and 
church families. 

Other inspirational speakers for the 
conference were the WMS public serv- 
ice speaker, Mrs. Susie Stout, who 

gave a message through Scene-o-Felt; 
the LajTnen's Organization speaker, 
Ron Johnson, a former high school 
coach who felt God's call to the peis- 
torate; and the General Conference 
moderator. Dr. Warren Gamer. 

A special feature of the conference 
was five "Ministry Spotlights," during 
which the South Bend, North Liberty, 
Teegarden, Burlington, and Loree 
churches shared specific ministries 
they have found effective. A wide 
range of ideas was shared, from a 
shepherding program to a devotional 
phone chain for shut-ins. 

Approximately 180 delegates at- 
tended the conference and cared for 
the district business. In the elections, 
Rev. Gene Eckerley was chosen as 
moderator-elect, and Rev. Kenneth 
Hunn was elected as secretary. This 
year's moderator-elect. Rev. Ronald L. 
Waters, became the new moderator, 
and Rev. Alvin Gmmbling and Gene 
Geaslen continue their two-year terms 
as treasurer and statistician respec- 

The statistician's report revealed 
that the district experienced a net loss 
of 30 members for the past year, de- 
spite the fact that 46 percent (18) of 
the churches reported increases in 
membership. Total membership at the 
end of 1985 was 4,887, and average 

tember 21, 1957, to Mr. and Mrs. Mar- 
vin Lawson of Wabash. He was raised 
in a Christian home and at a young 
age accepted Jesus Christ as his per- 
sonal Savior and joined the College 
Comer Brethren Church. 

Followring graduation from South- 
wood High School in 1976, he enrolled 
at Purdue University in the field of 
aeronautical engineering. During his 
second year at Purdue, however, he 
felt God's call to full-time pastoral 
ministry. He accepted this call and 
transferred to Ashland College, where 
he majored in religion, general speech, 
and radio/television broadcasting. 

While at Ashland College, Dan met 
Lynne Hirt, daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. 
Al Snow and the late James Hirt, Sr., 
of North Olmsted, Ohio. Dan and 
Lynne were married July 14, 1979. 
They have one child, Alesia Anne, 
bom March 21, 1984. 

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts 
degree from Ashland College in 1980, 
Dan enrolled in Ashland Theological 
Seminary, from which he was granted 
a Master of Divinity degree in 1984. 
Following graduation, he became pas- 
tor of the Valley Brethren Church, 
Jones Mills, Pa., where he continues 
to serve. 

worship attendance for the 39 
churches of the district was 3,475. 

Next year's conference is scheduled 
for June 12 and 13 at the Brethren Re- 
treat Center. 

— reported by David Stone 

New Study Shows Growing 
Churches Are More Loving 

Pasadena, Calif. — Grovnng congre- 
gations are more loving — to each 
other £md to visitors — than declining 
congregations, according to new re- 
search conducted by the Institute for 
American Church Growrth. 

A survey of 8,600 people from 39 dif- 
ferent denominations to measure their 
"love-care quotient" revealed a strong 
correlation between "love" and 
"church growth." Members of growing 
churches reported both giving and ex- 
periencing more love and caring than 
members of declining churches. 

The research also discovered a cor- 
relation between an entire denomina- 
tion's "love-ability" and its member- 
ship growth or decline. Members in 
growing denominations, such as the 
Assembles of God, Church of the 
Nazarene, and Southern Baptist, are 
apparently more loving than members 
in declining denominations. 

July/ August 1986 



Fifty-Five Pastors & Wives Attend 
1986 Brethren Pastors' Conference 

Branson, Mo. — Fifty-five pastors 
and wives (26 couples and three pas- 
tors without their wives) enjoyed a 
time of fellowship, mutual encourage- 
ment, and relaxation April 29 - May 1 
at the Brethren pastors' conference 
held at Stonecroft Conference Center 
near Bronson. 

The center, which sits on a hill over- 
looking scenic Table Rock Lake in the 
heart of Ozark Mountain Country, 
provided an ideal setting for the con- 
ference, which had as its theme, 
"Learning in the Beauty of God, the 
Beauty of One Another." It also pro- 
vided ideal accommodations, with 
rooms containing two queen-size beds, 
a private bath, and offering a view of 
the lake, with no telephones or televi- 
sions as distractions. 

Rev. Gregg Moser brought a mes- 
sage on dealing with anger and frus- 
tration during the Tuesday evening 
session of the conference. Wednesday 
evening began with a Communion 
service, which was followed by a panel 
discussion of experiences in the minis- 
try. Panel members were Rev. St. 
Clair and Polly Benshoff, Rev. Archie 
and Jan Nevins, and Rev. Gregg and 
Diane Moser. 

On Thursday morning. Rev. Michael 
Gleason challenged the pastors and 
wives to be encouragers, like Bar- 
nabas. At the conclusion of his mes- 
sage, he passed out encouragement 
cards for his hearers to fill out and ex- 
change with selected partners. 

In addition to these joint sessions, 
pastors and wives met separately on 
Wednesday and Thursday mornings to 

share their experiences and frustra- 
tions, and also to encourage one 
another and spend time in prayer. 

There were also times of devotion 
before the morning and evening 
meals. These were led by Midwest 
District pastors Emery Hurd, James 

lovely duet entitled "People Need the 

According to Rev. Gregg Moser, who 
headed the Midwest District pastors in 
planning the meeting, "The 1986 pas- 
tors' conference was a time of refresh- 
ment for those present. We were able 
to encourage one another in the faith 
and in the ministry, and enjoy the 
beauty of God, His creation, and each 
other in the relaxed atmosphere at 

One of the highlights of the conference wets the music, including the beautiful 
group singing by the pastors and their wives. 

Koontz, and Reilly Smith. 

One of the highlights of the confer- 
ence was the music. Rev. St. Clair and 
Polly Benshoff provided special organ 
and piano music and also accompanied 
the group singing, which was led by 
Pastor Reilly Smith. The beautiful 
singing of the pastors and wives was 
in itself an inspiration. Rev. Archie 
and Jan Nevins also inspired the 
group on Thursday morning with a 

I shall pass through this world but 
once. If, therefore, there be any kind- 
ness I can show, or any good thing I 
can do, let me do it now; let me not 
defer it or neglect it, for I shall not 
pass this way again. 

Etienne de Grellet (1773-1855) 

Happiness adds and multiples as we 
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Chicago Bears Linebacker Speaks 
At Nappanee Father-Son Banquet 

Nappanee, Ind. — Brian Cabral, 
linebacker for the 1986 Super Bowl 
champion Chicago Bears football 
team, shared football stories and his 
Christian testimony with a crowd of 
football fans May 12 at the annual 
Father-Son Banquet of the First 
Brethren Church of Nappanee. 

Cabral delighted the crowd with a 
number of football stories. He also 
related some of the setbacks and suc- 
cesses in his own football career, in- 
cluding playing in the 1986 Super 
Bowl game. 

But as much as he loves football, 
Cabral told the crowd that God is first. 
"I don't know where my career is 
going to take me," he said. "But one 
thing I know — God is in control of my 
life. He'll guide me." 

"It's not uncommon to face frustra- 
tion and setbacks," Cabral added. "I 
was told several times that I wasn't 
good enough to play professional foot- 
ball, and that hurt. I played on four 
different teams in my career and had 
knee surgery one year. I did landscap- 

ing and dug ditches in between. 

"You can't dwell on your setbacks 
though," he continued. "God is in con- 
trol. He can cause all the setbacks to 
work out. If I had not been released 
from Green Bay, I would not be a 
Chicago Bear. God is the rewarder of 

Chicago Bears 
Brian Cabral 
(rj, Nappanee 
pastor Dr. Alvin 
Shifflett (L), 
and Northwood 
High School 
coach Jim 
Andrews admire 
a cake in the 
shape of a 
football helmet 
made by a mem- 
ber of the Nap- 
panee First 
Brethren Church. 

those who seek Him. A lot of us have 
setbacks and hurts. If you focus on 
God and Jesus Christ, the setbacks 
will turn into 'goodbacks.' " 

Cabral, a native of Hawaii, is mar- 
ried and has two children. He began 
playing with the Bears in 1981. He 
was on the injured reserve list during 
the 1985 season, except for the last 
two games and the play-off game, 
when he was reactivated as captain of 
the special kick-off team. 

Loree, Peru Brethren Churches Sponsor 
Joint Vacation Bible School in June 

Peru, Ind. — Two Brethren churches 
with low attendances in their chil- 
dren's departments cosponsored a suc- 
cessful joint vacation Bible school dur- 
ing the first week of June. 

The Loree Brethren Church, which 
has only about 20 children in its chil- 
dren's department, initiated the idea. 
The congregation, located in a rural 
area, had tried to increase its VBS at- 
tendance in the past, but was unsuc- 
cessful due to a lack of children in the 

Therefore representatives of the 
Loree Board of Christian Education 
contacted the neighboring Peru Breth- 
ren Church about the idea of sponsor- 
ing a joint VBS. The Peru congrega- 
tion was glad to cooperate, since it has 
less than 20 children in its children's 

It was decided to hold the VBS at 
the Peru church, since it is located in 
a city and offers more possibilities 
for reaching outsiders. Classes were 
planned for every age group from 
three-year-olds through adults. 

The VBS was launched with a dedi- 
cation of teachers and helpers on Sun- 
day evening, June 1, at the Loree 

church. It concluded with a picnic sup- 
per and program on Saturday evening, 
June 7, at Peru. The children released 
helium-filled balloons bearing their 
names and a Bible verse during the 
picnic. Then the entire Bible school 
cast presented a playlet entitled 
"Lookin' for Love." 

Attendance for the week increased 
from 57 on Monday to more than 80, 
which the two churches considered to 
be a successful effort. Nightly offer- 
ings totaled $324, which was sent to 
Brethren missionaries Juan Carlos 
and Maria Miranda to support chil- 
dren in a Mexico City VBS. 

Sharon Puterbaugh of the Peru 
church and Marcia Miller of Loree co- 
directed the joint VBS. 

— reported by Jane Stogsdill 

It is predicted that, by the end of 
this century, the majority of those in- 
volved in cross-cultural evangelization 
of unreached people [i.e., those who 
will serve as "foreign" missionaries] 
will come from the churches of the 
Third World. 

— World Evangelization 
Information Service 



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Six Brethren Men Receive Degrees 
From Ashland Theological Seminary 

Ashland, Ohio — Six Brethren were 
among the 96 candidates who received 
degrees from Ashland Theological 
Seminary May 24 before a capacity 
crowd in the Ashland College Memo- 
rial Chapel. 

Of the six Brethren, one received a 
Doctor of Ministry degree, three re- 
ceived Master of Divinity degrees, and 
two received Master of Divinity de- 
grees in Pastoral Psychology and 

Receiving the Doctor of Ministry de- 
gree was Rev. Alvin Shifflett, senior 
pastor of the First Brethren Church of 
Nappanee, Ind. Dr. Shifflett also 
writes "The Salt Shaker" column for 
The Brethren Evangelist. 

Master of Divinity degrees were 
granted to: 

Mark Britton, a member of the 
Derby, Kans., First Brethren Church. 
Mark has accepted the pastorate of the 
Corinth Brethren Church of Twelve 

Receiving degrees from Ashland Theological Seminary on May 24 were (I. to r.) 
Mark Britton, Steve McPherson, Dr. Alvin Shifflett, Ken Madison, David Graetz, and 
Darrell Crissman. 

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Dear- 
durff(left) and Mr. and Mrs. 
Thomas Losey were ordained 
as deacon couples on June 8 
during the morning worship 
service of the Gretna Breth- 
ren Church near Belle fon- 
taine, Ohio. 

Dr. Jerry Flora, professor 
of New Testament and 
Theology at Ashland Theo- 
logical Seminary, presented 
the message for the service 
and conducted the ordina- 

Pastor James F. Black led 
the service and sang a solo. 
Tracy McPherson also sang 
for the service. 

Paul and Paula Deardurff have been members of and active workers in several 
Brethren churches, including the Cheyenne, Wyo., Ashland Garber, Ashland Park 
Street, and Brighton Chapel, Ind., congregations. Gretna was Paul's home church for 
18 years, and he and Paula have been members there for the past two years. They have 
two children. 

Thomas and Rebecca Losey have been members of the Gretna Church since 1981. 
They likewise have two children. Photo by Susie Black 

Mile, Ind. 

Steve McPherson, former member of 
the Gretna, Ohio, Brethren Church 
and now a member of the Ashleind 
Park Street Brethren Church. Steve 
currently works for Ashland College. 

Ken Madison, a member of the 
Meadow Crest Brethren Church of Ft. 
Wayne, Ind. Ken has assumed the pas- 
torate of the First Brethren Church of 
Kokomo, Ind. 

Receiving Master of Divinity de- 
grees in Pastoral Psychology and 
Counseling were: 

David Graetz, a member of the Ash- 
land Garber Brethren Church. David 
is currently candidating in a Brethren 

Darrell Crissman, a member of the 
Brush Valley, Pa., Brethren Church. 
Darrell recently assumed the pastor- 
ate of the First Brethren Church of 
Gratis, Ohio. 

Valley Brethren Church More 
Than Doubles Its Average 
Attendance on "Friend Day" 

Jones Mills, Pa. — The Valley Breth- 
ren Church more than doubled its 
average morning worship attendance 
of 75 on Simday, May 11, when 182 
people attended the worship service 
for "Friend Day." 

The purpose of Friend Day was for 
members of the congregation to invite 
unchurched friends to the worship 
service with the hope that they will 
continue to come to services and even- 
tually accept Christ as Lord and 

Planning for Friend Day began in 
March, when Pastor Dan Lawson 
explained some basics of friendship 
evangelism to the members of the Val- 
ley Church, such as how to contact un- 
churched persons, ways to become 
their friends, and how to invite them 
to Sunday services. 

Following Friend Day, those who at- 
tended as "friends" were mailed a let- 
ter by the pastor, sent a card by the 
friend who invited them and also by 
the Sunday school teacher whose class 
they attended, and given a personal 
visit by someone from the church. 

The response to Friend Day was so 
great that Pastor Lawson had to make 
good on a promise he made to the con- 
gregation that he would preach from 
the roof of the church building if at- 
tendance for the day was at least dou- 
ble average attendance for worship 
services. He fulfilled his promise on 
Father's Day. 

— reported by Sheila Nemeth 


The Brethren Evangeust 


Member of Linwood Church Recalls 
Conclusion of First World War 

The following article about Walter 
Brandenburg, a member of the Linwood, 
Md., Brethren Church, appeared in the 
April 23, 1986, issue of the Carroll 
County, Md., County Wide News and is 
reprinted here with the permission of that 

By Donna Boiler 

Uniontown, Md. — When the guns of 
World War I fell silent on November 
11, 1918, it seemed unreal, recalls 
Walter Brandenburg. 

"You were used to all the shooting 
and noise. It seemed like you were 
transported to somewhere else." 

Brandenburg is 90 now, but 1918 is 
close in his memory. His experiences 
and memories are similar to those of 
many aging veterans of the first world 
war. He lives along Clear Ridge Road, 
not far from the farm in Linwood from 
which he retired in 1968. 

Brandenburg was drafted when 
America entered the war. As a mem- 
ber of The Brethren Church, he had 
the option of registering as a conscien- 
tious objector, but chose to enter the 
Army instead. 

He went to Fort Meade (at the time. 
Camp Meade) with a group from 
Westminster, most of whom are now 
dead. He says he doesn't know how he 
happened to train as a machine gun- 
ner — this was the Army before career 

Brandenburg's unit was one of the 
last to be shipped overseas. He was 
never wounded, although he remem- 
bers "dirt throwed all over me from 
the shells." He saw action in France, 
along the Meuse and later at Verdun. 

He was at Verdun on November 11 
when all firing was to cease at 11 
a.m., the moment the armistice was 
signed. Brandenburg says he was 
about 200 yards away from the unfor- 
tunate Pvt. Henry Gunther of Balti- 

Gunther, who apparently didn't get 
the word about the war ending, 
charged a German position with his 
bayonet fixed. He was shot at 11:01 

It took a long time for Branden- 
burg's unit to get home. From Christ- 
mas 1918 to June 1919, the men were 
billeted at Longchamps, France. "They 
were fairly good billets," he says, in a 
converted barn with electric lights. 

He recalls spending the time drill- 
ing, taking care of the horses and 

waiting. It rained a lot, "almost every 
other day." 

Brandenburg had taken two years of 
business studies at Blue Ridge College 
before the war, but when he came 
home afterward he went to work on 
the family farm. 

He was a tinkerer, although he says 
none of his inventions was ever worth 
patenting. When his father put the 
family to work cleaning broom corn 

Photo by Mrs. Reva Blacksten 

Mr. Walter ("Brandy") Brandenburg 

with currycombs, Brandenburg 
thought there ought to be a better 
way. He made a machine with a cylin- 
der and spikes inside to take the seeds 
off the broom corn. 

When his father sent them all to the 
cellar in spring to pull the sprouts 
off potatoes, Brandenburg thought, 
"That's an aw^ful job." He made 
another cylinder, this one with slats in 
the sides so he could run the potatoes 
through and the broken-off sprouts 
would emerge through the slats. He 
also adapted a tractor to make it into 
a power manure spreader. 

Brandenburg sold the farm when he 
retired. He and his wife, from whom 
he separated in 1942, had no children, 
so there was no one to inherit it. 

He got sick last winter and spent 
some time in Carroll County General 
Hospital, then was transferred to the 
Veterans Administration hospital in 
Martinsburg, W.Va. The VA facility, 
he says, was "all right," clean and 
warm and with a friendly roommate. 

They sent him home, saying he was 

Rev. Robert Keplinger, pastor of the 
Linwood Brethren Church, adds the fol- 
lowing notes about Mr Brandenburg. 

Walter Brandenburg is the oldest ac- 
tive member of the Linwood Church 
and one of only two people living who 
remember the construction of the 
church building in 1905. For many 
years he was church treasurer. 

He is a member of the Adult Bible 
Class, attends the worship services 
regularly, and usually has an interest- 
ing story to tell. He is also an active 
deacon and a member of the Aid Soci- 
ety, programs of which he participates 
in monthly. 

After selling his farm in 1968, Mr. 
Brandenburg remodeled cabinets. Any 
preacher who has ever been to Lin- 
wood probably has one of his cabinets, 
footstools, or magazine and paper 
racks designed after a cobbler's bench. 

Mr. Brandenburg is a brother to Mrs. 
Helen Ronk, wife of the deceased 
Brethren Church leader and former 
dean of Ashland Theological Seminary, 
Elder Willis E. Ronk. 

too healthy to be there. Understanda- 
ble, because except for difficulty hear- 
ing, Brandenburg looks and acts more 
like a man of 70 than 90. 

His secret was to keep working, he 
says, adding with a smile, "I never 
drank and I never smoked and I never 
bothered the women too much." 

Ladies of the Mary 

and Martha WMS 

of the Bethlehem, 

Va., Brethren Church 

made lap robes for the 

Brethren's Home as 

their project for this 

year. Trying out the 

lap robes are (I. to 

r.) Bethlehem WMS 

members Kathy 

Velanzon, Mildred 

Wilkinson, Christina 

Moyers, Irma Raish, 

and Susan Kidd. 

July/August 1986 




The Bill Winter Family, Brethren 
missionaries to Argentina, returned to 
the United States on Saturday, Jiine 
14, for a furlough of approximately six 
months. In addition to visiting as 
many Brethren churches as possible. 
Bill and Sharon will attend school 
during this furlough. Both Bill and 
Sharon will take courses at Fuller 
School of World Mission in Pasadena, 
Calif, and Sharon will take additional 
work at Southern Illinois University 
at Carbondale, 111. 

The Mark Logan Family, Breth- 
ren missionaries to Colombia, arrived 
in the United States on June 17 for a 
short visit before flying on to France 
to visit Chantal's family. They will re- 
turn to the U.S. for General Confer- 
ence and do a limited amount of depu- 
tation before returning to Colombia. 

Rev. K. Prasanth and Mrs. Nir- 
mala Kumar, Brethren missionaries 
to their homeland of India, are 
scheduled to visit the United States 
from August through October. They 
will arrive in the U.S. on August 1 
and visit Brethren churches in 
Pennsylvania before attending Gen- 
eral Conference. Following Conference 
they will do additional deputation be- 
fore returning to India. 

Rick Dunwoodie, a member of the 
First Brethren Church of West 
Alexandria, Ohio, set a new Class A 
state record in the high jump with a 
leap of 6 ft. 10 1/4 in. at the district 
meet held at Da3rton, Ohio. He went 
on to take first place in the state finals 
with a jump of 6 ft. 8 in. 

Lurae Brookey, Cindy French, 
and Carol Louise Gilbert, all mem- 
bers of the First Brethren Church of 
West Alexandria, were among those 
honored at an Honor Banquet held 
April 24 in Eaton, Ohio. The banquet 
was in honor of those students in their 
junior and senior years who were in 
the top five percent in the county. 
Another West Alexandria member, 
Stacy OUgee, daughter of Pastor and 
Mrs. David Oligee, who is a sopho- 

more in school, took sixth place in the 
district in French. 

The Brethren Church will be well 
represented at the International Con- 
ference for Itinerant Evangelists 
scheduled for July 12-21 in Amster- 
dam. Sponsored by the Billy Graham 
Evangelistic Association, the confer- 
ence is expected to include about 8,000 
participants from more than 175 coun- 
tries and territories. 

Attending from The Brethren 
Church as participants will be pastors 
Steve Cole (Newark, Ohio), Harold 
Walton (Fremont, Ohio), Vidal 
Juarez (Monrovia, Calif.), and Cirilo 
Ruiz (Mexico City). Also attending as 
participants will be missionaries Bill 
Winter and Mark Logan. Juan and 
Maria Miranda will serve as coun- 
selors at the conference, and their 
daughter, Yvonne, will attend as a 
media support person. 

Rev. Robert Keplinger, who suf- 
fered severe bums to his legs in a bon- 
fire accident last September 8, was 
discharged in late April from the Bum 
Clinic where he had been receiving 

outpatient treatments. They told him 
he had "the prettiest legs they had 
seen in a long time." His recovery took 
much less time than expected, which 
he credits "to the many prayers that 
were offered and continued to be of- 
fered in my behalf." 

Twenty-six members of the Lin- 
wood, Md., Brethren Church (about 
one-third of the congregation) are 
reading through the Bible in 1986. 

Ten children made first-time confes- 
sions during vacation Bible school at 
the Gretna, Ohio, Brethren Church 

in June. Teachers used "The Good 
News Glove" (fi-om Campus Crusade 
for Christ) to present the gospel mes- 
sage to the children. Average attend- 
ance for the week was 105 students 
plus 25 teachers and helpers. 

The First Brethren Church of 
Flora, Ind., will join seven other area 
churches in sponsoring a community 
Bible school. The "Bible Time Village 
Bible School" will be held in the Flora 
Community Park from July 8 to 11. 
Activities will center on what Jesus 
did as a boy. 

In Memory 

Donna V. Kring, 68, June 8. Member of 
the Ardmore Brethren Church. Services by 
Gene A. Eckerley, pastor. 
Mrs. Esther Flora, June 6. Member of the 
First Brethren Church of Flora. Services 
by Alvin Grumbling, pastor. 
Alta Hudson, 84, May 16. Member of the 
First Brethren Church of Warsaw. Services 
by Kenneth Hunn, pastor. 
Vera E. Carpenter, 80, May 14. Member 
of the First Brethren Church of Falls City. 
Services by James Thomas, pastor. 
Elsie Wiest, 72, May 9. Member of the 
First Brethren Church of Warsaw. Services 
by Kenneth Hunn, pastor. 
Mrs. Lucile Rieger, 61, April 30. Member 
and former Sunday school teacher of the 
First Brethren Church of Falls City. Serv- 
ices by James Thomas, pastor. 
Roy Eugene Ditmer, Sr., 56, March 31. 
Member of the First Brethren Church of 
West Alexandria. Services by David 
Oligee, pastor. 


Cheri Jamison to Kenneth Bamhart, 

June 14, at the St. James Brethren 
Church; Brian H. Moore, pastor, officiat- 
ing. Members of the St. James Brethren 

Beth Anne Brownsberger to Scott 
Robert Humbert, June 7; Rev. John T. 
Byler, grandfather of the bride, and Rev. 
John Brovmsberger, father of the bride and 
pastor of the First Brethren Church of 
Louisville, officiating. Bride a member of 
the First Brethren Church of Louisville. 
Cathy L. Creasy to David S. Kingery, 

June 7, at the First Brethren Church of 
Flora; Alvin Grumbling, pastor, officiating. 
Lucille Hathcock to Ivan Losey, May 25, 
at the Gretna Brethren Chiu-ch; James F. 
Black, pastor, officiating. Groom a member 
of the Gretna Brethren Church. 


Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Bowser, 50th, July 

12. Members of The Brethren Church in 

New Lebanon. 

Mr. and Mrs. Royce Gates, 50th, June 

28. Members of the Ashland Park Street 

Brethren Church cind attend the Kissim- 

mee, Fla., Bible Class. 

Mr. and Mrs. Allen Hostetler, 55th, June 

15. Members of the Johnstown Second 

Brethren Church. 

Mr. and Mrs. Gale Metzger, 50th, June 

1. Members of the First Brethren Church 

of Wsirsaw. 

Duard and Alice Conrad, 60th, May 28. 

Members of the First Brethren Church of 

North Manchester. 

Don A. and Jeanette Garrison, 50th, 

April 20. Mr. Garrison a member of the 

First Brethren Church of Flora. 

Glenn and Eileen Shoff, 50th, February 

24. Members of the First Brethren Church 

of Flora. 

Membership Growth 

Linwood: 3 by baptism 

Gretna: 7 by transfer 

Ardmore: 3 by transfer 

New Lebanon: 3 by baptism 

West Alexandria: 21 by baptism 

Valley: 4 by baptism, 2 by transfer 


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Little Crusader 

Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder 
them; (or to such belongs the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 19:14). 


Summertime is such a beautiful season! Our gardens are filled with bright and 
colorful flowers of every size and shape. But they will only last a short time. They soon 
will wither and die. 

But God promises that there is something that will never die or fail us. It is His 
Word. The Word of God will endure or abide forever. 

Find and circle 
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the puzzle at the 
right: geranium, 
lilac, daisy, tulip, 
violet, iris, zinnia, 
carnation, pansy, 
crocus, lily, 
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the correct letter under each flower to spell out a special 
promise about God's Word. See I Peter 1 :24, 25. (Answer 
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The Airy Hosts Among Us 

said, "We not only live among 
men, but there are airy hosts, bles- 
sed spectators, sympathetic lookers- 
on, that see and know and ap- 
preciate our thoughts and feelings 
and acts." 

About 15 years ago my family and 
I went visiting beautiful Crater 
Lake National Park in Oregon. It 
was August, but because of the high 
altitude, snow remained around the 
edge of the mountaintop lake. Be- 
cause of the snow and the steep drop 
down to the icy blue waters (perhaps 
40 to 60 feet) the area at the edge of 
the lake was roped off. 

As we stood admiring the wonder- 
ful scenery, someone yelled, "Look 
at that little girl!" Suddenly, we 
realized that the little girl was our 
daughter. She was out on the snow, 
dangerously close to the icy drop. 

Without thinking, I went over the 
rope and onto the snow to snatch our 
daughter from impending disaster. 
My wife and I were so shaken by the 
experience that we left Crater Lake 
immediately and returned to the 
shelter and safety of our camp- 
ground in the valley below. 

Did an angel help me? 

Did an angel help me rescue my 
daughter? Was it an angel that pre- 
vented her from going over the icy 
drop? Or was it merely coincidence? 
Maybe, but the Psalmist wrote, "For 
he will command his angels concern- 
ing you to guard you in all your 
ways; . . ." (Ps. 91:11*). 

*Quotations from the Bible are from the 
New International Version. 

Whether we choose to admit it or 
not, God is at work in our world. 
And much of His work is being car- 
ried out by His invisible messengers 
— the angels. 

Where did angels come from? 

That leads me to ask, Where did 
these angels come from? Have 
angels always been in existence? Do 
we know anything about these 
supernatural beings? 

In the very first verse of the first 
chapter of the Bible we read, "In the 
beginning God created the heavens 
and the earth" (Gen. 1:1). The He- 
brew word used in this verse for 
create is bara. This verb expresses 
the origination of something great, 
new, and epoch-making. It is most 
often used for divine activity. The 
interesting thing about this word is 
that it usually refers to creation out 
of nothing. 

This first verse is like an introduc- 
tion to the entire Bible. God created 
(bara) the heavens and the earth. 
Now if we follow the chronology in 
this verse, we would have to say 
that God created the heavens first. 
And the heavens would include all 
angelic beings. 

Thus if God created the heavens 
first, including the angels, we must 
assimie that the angels were created 
before man. How long before man 
we are not sure. No one can say for 
certain. But according to the Bible, 
man was created on the sixth day. 
Does that mean the angels were 
created on day one? Or were they 
created millenniums before God 

began His six-day work? No one 
knows. We only know that God 
spoke and it was so. 

Man was formed from the ground. 
The word for created in this case is 
asah — a creation from something. 
"And the Lord God formed [asah] 
man from the dust of the ground and 
breathed into his nostrils the breath 
of life, and man became a living 
being" (Gen. 2:7). But we have no 
account or description of the angelic 
creation. We can only conjecture 
that He spoke and angels zoomed 
forth from His word. The Psalmist 
wrote, "Praise him, all His angels 
.... Let them praise the name of the 
Lord, for he commanded £uid they 
were created" (Ps. 148:2-5). 

How many were created? 

How many angels were created? 
Again we are not told. We do know 
that God only created one man and 
one woman — Adam and Eve. For 
God had designed that man would 
multiply by procreation. 

But not so with the angels. Angels 
were apparently created to minister, 
but not to procreate. Angels are sex- 
less in nature, as far as we know. 
Myriads of angels must have been 
created by His first word. Perhaps 
Grod looked out into His heavens and 
said, "Let there be angels, mul- 
titudes of them!" 

Daniel wrote, "Thousands upon 
thousands attended him; ten 
thousand stood before him. (Dan. 
7:10b). And John, in the Revelation, 
adds, "Then I looked and heard the 
voice of many angels, numbering 
thousands upon thousands, and ten 
thousand times ten thousand" (Rev. 
5:11). I do not feel that John is limit- 
ing the angels to a maximum 
number of one hundred million; in- 
stead, he's estimating an enormous 
multitude of the heavenly host. Like 
attending a football game and say- 
ing, "There must be sixty thousand 
people here today!" 

Is the exact number important? 

Actually, it's not important to 
know the exact nimiber of angels. 
It's sufficient to know that mul- 
titudes of them exist. Angels aboimd 
like the flowers of spring. It makes 
little difference whether there be ten 
thousand or one hundred million of 
them. Whatever the number, it 
is sufficient. [t] 

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The Task of the Church by Kerry Scott 4 

As the church at Antioch attempted to reach out to the cul- 
ture of its day, it developed four characteristics that tjT)ify 
the task of the church. 

A Low Flame Bvu^ning by Charles R. Munson 6 

Dr. Munson looks back on General Conference and finds 
cause for encouragement. 

Impressions of Ajnsterdam 86 by Stephen Cole 7 

Brethren who attended the International Conference for Itin- 
erant Evangelists share their impressions of the Conference. 

The Spiritual State of Our Church by Warren Garner 10 

The moderator's address to the 1986 General Conference. 

Special Section: 

General Conference Report 

Introduction; Conference Business; Conference Officers 13 

A Brethren Family Reunion 15 

Inspirational Sessions 16 

Special Conference Events 18 

Auxihary Sessions 19 

BYC Convention Highlights 20 


The Salt Shaker 

by John Maust 


Peace Points of View 

Update 21 

From the Grape Vine 22 

Little Crusader Page 23 

by Jane Solomon 


Conference scenes, clockwise from top right, are: The Men's Choir (directed by 
Rev. Rob Byler); Rev. Brad Hardesty with daughter Rebekah; the Senior Citizens' 
Choir (directed by Rev. W. St. Clair Benshoff); Rev. Kenneth Solomon chatting with 
Miguel Antunez, Peruvian member of the Sarasota First Brethren Hispanic congrega- 
tion, and his son Carlos; (center) balloons displajring the Conference logo and theme. 

(Photos by Rev. Ronald W. Waters.) 

Update section: Due to the extra Conference coverage in this issue, the amount 
of space for church news was reduced. Look for an extended "Update" section in the 
October issue. 

Answers to Little Crusader Page. Biblical advice — 1. D; 2. F; 3. A; 4. 1; 5. J; 6. 

E; 7. H; 8. B; 9. G; 10. C. Something for your teacher — by connecting the dots, you 
will draw an apple. 

A Note to Children: The children's page in this issue is the last one by Mrs. Jane 
Solomon. Mrs. Solomon, a member of the Winding Waters Brethren Church in 
Elkhart, Ind., began this page in October 1984. She has served well for the past two 
years, but now wishes to turn this page over to someone else. Our sincere thanks to 
Mrs. Solomon for her dedicated service. Her replacement will be introduced in next 
month's issue. 

September 1986 

Evangelistic Encounters in the Book of Acts 

The Task of the Church 

CHUCK COLSON, in the intro- 
duction to his short booklet, 
The Role of the Church in Society, 
writes (pp. 5-6): 

We Hve in a time that would 
seem to be marked by unprec- 
edented spiritual resurgence: 96 
percent of all Americans say they 
believe in God; 80 percent profess 
to be Christians. 

Yet families are splitting apart 
in record numbers. Countless mil- 
lions of unborn children have been 
murdered since 1973. And there 
are 100 times more burglaries in 
so-called "Christian" America 
than in so-called "pagan" Japan. 

Why this paradox between pro- 
fession and practice? Why is the 
faith of more than 50 million 
Americans who claim to be bom 
again not making more of an im- 
pact on the morals of our land? 

Why is the church not making a 
greater impact upon the values and 
conduct of our nation? This is not an 
easy question to answer. For one 
thing, Christians are not united in 
their views on many issues. Our 
pluralistic culture and diverse re- 
ligious views make it almost impos- 
sible for religious bodies to have a 
common mind on any issue. 

Another reason, according to Col- 
son, is the "perception that Chris- 
tianity offers only a flood of bless- 
ings, the rights of the kingdom 
without responsibilities to the King" 
(p. 6). In other words, the belief that 
the Christian life is a life of success, 
void of any obedience and responsi- 
bility to God's commandments. Diet- 
rich Bonhoeffer called it "cheap 

As a result, the subtle influences 
of our secular society have crept 

Rev. Scott is associate pastor of the Jef- 
ferson Brethren Church, Goshen, Ind. 

into the church, changing its mis- 
sion and focus, altering in unseen 
ways its perception of the task of the 

What is the task of the church? 
This, too, is not an easy question to 
answer. We have as our only source 
of information and inspiration the 

The subtle influences of 
our secular society have 
crept into the church, 
changing its mission and 
focus, altering in unseen 
ways its perception of 
the task of the church. 

New Testament, and more specifi- 
cally the Acts of the early church as 
recorded by Luke, and the epistles 
written by the Apostle Paul. In 
these we see the church as it 
emerged and developed out of the 
secular society of the Roman Em- 

As we attempt to answer the ques- 
tion, "What is the task of the 
church?" let us turn to the eleventh 
chapter of Acts. In this chapter we 
see the church slowly moving out of 
the Jewish culture and into the 
mainstream of society, the Gentile 
world. This transition was not easy, 
as is evidenced by Peter's long dis- 
cussion with the elders in Jerusalem 
at the beginning of the chapter, fol- 
lowing his vision and the sub- 
sequent baptism of Cornelius and 
his family in chapter ten. 

Beginning in verse 19 of chapter 
11, we find a parallel effort by Jews 
from Cyprus and Cyrene to spread 
the gospel to Greeks in Antioch (v. 
20). In this passage (w. 19-30), we 
find four characteristics that typify 

By Kerry Scott 

the task of the early church as it de- 
veloped at Antioch as a result of the 
witness of these men. 

A witnessing body 

The first characteristic evident 
from this passage is that the early 
church was a witnessing body of be- 
lievers. Not only were these men 
eager witnesses, but the word re- 
veals that they were unprejudiced 
and unnamed. 

These men went against accepted 
Jewish practice by speaking to the 
Greeks. Obviously, they were not 
concerned about the race or social 
status of these people, only about 
their hearts. 

In addition, these witnesses are 
unnamed. We will never know, until 
we reach heaven, who they were. 
They were not interested in fame or 
recognition — only in speaking the 
Good News. 

A.W. Tozer, in his book, The Di- 
vine Conquest, wrote: 

The meek man is not a human 
mouse with a sense of his own in- 
feriority. Rather he may be in his 
moral life as bold as a lion and as 
strong as a Samson; but he has 
stopped being fooled about him- 
self. He knows he is as weak and 
helpless as God declared him to be, 
but paradoxically, he knows at the 
same time that he is in the sight of 
God of more importance than 
angels. In himself, nothing; in 
God, everything. That is his motto. 

The men from Cyrene and Cyprus 
were indeed meek, unnamed wit- 
esses for Jesus. The results of their 
witness, however, were anything but 
humble. The record states that "a 
great number of people believed and 
turned to the Lord" (v. 21).* 

* Quotations from the Bible are from the 
New International Version. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

News of the converts at Antioch 
reached Jerusalem, and the church 
there decided to send Barnabas. This 
man had been given the name Bar- 
nabas (meaning "Son of Encourage- 
ment") by the apostles because of his 
obvious desire to encourage those 
around him in their Christian walk 
(Acts 4:36). 

Encouraging leadership 

In Antioch his ministry was no 
different. Thus a second characteris- 
tic of the early church is revealed — 
encouraging leadership. 

Bjimabas arrived, saw the evi- 
dence of God's work in their midst, 
and began encouraging them "to re- 
main true to the Lord with all their 
hearts" (v. 23). As a result, because 
he was a good man and full of the 
Holy Spirit, a great number of 
people came to know the Lord. En- 
couraging leadership is contagious. 
It is obvious here that the leadership 
of Barnabas brought about added 
growth to the new church at An- 

Teaching and equipping 

At this point Barnabas decided to 
go to Tarsus to recruit someone to 
help him at Antioch. Paul of Tarsus, 
who would become the great mis- 
sionary pioneer and writer of much 
of the New Testament, teamed up 
with Barnabas. Together they began 
to teach and equip the converts at 
Antioch for the work of ministry (v. 
26). Thus a third characteristic of 
the early church emerges: teaching 
and equipping new Christians. 

Paul and Barnabas continued in 
this ministry for a whole year. 
Equipping is an important task, for 
it begins the process of transferring 
the power of ministry from the lead- 
ers to the to the laity, thus enabling 
new leaders to emerge. 

We also see that the teaching 
ministry of Barnabas and Paul was 
vitally important to the future of the 
church at Antioch. Without it, the 
church would not have developed 
the maturity that it later evidenced, 
and it would not have become the 

center of Christifinity in the first 

A giving spirit 

It is obvious that the church did 
mature during that first year, for 
when a group of prophets came from 
Jerusalem and predicted that a 
great famine would cover that part 
of the world, the Christians did not 
think of themselves. Instead, they 
decided to send relief to their fellow 
believers in Judea. Therefore, the 
fourth and final characteristic of the 
church at Antioch was its giving 

Rather than worrying about how 
they would survive this impending 
disaster, the Christians at Antioch 
choose to think about others. Their 
maturity is seen by the fact that, in 
the words of a recent "Evangelistic 
Encounters" airticle by Tim Gamer, 
they "moved from a self-serving 
faith to a self-giving one, from a 
complacent faith to a courageous 
one" (March issue, p. 6). 

Thus we see that the church at 
Antioch was one in which witness- 
ing, encouraging, teaching, and un- 
selfish giving took place. And as a 
result, many people were reached for 
the Lord; many were encouraged in 
ministry; many were trained and 
equipped to do the work of the 
church; and these began to serve 
those around them in hmnble obedi- 
ence to the Lord. In all of this we see 
the greateast of all Jesus' command- 
ments being lived out; "Love the 
Lord your God with all your heart 
and with all your soul and with all 
your mind," and "Love your neigh- 
bor as yourself (Matt. 22:37 and 

Three critical mistakes 

Chuck Colson observes, in the 
book from which I quoted earlier, 
that the world makes three critical 
mistakes when it looks at the 
church. The first of these is that 
when people look at the church, they 
see not the church of Jesus Christ, 
but rather a building (p. 16). This is 
a mistake that Christians have en- 

couraged by their emphasis on 
chiu-ch buildings. 

The second error is that the world 
often looks at the church as just 
another self-help group. "If it makes 
you feel better to put God on your 
side, do it" (p. 26). But once again 
Christians are partially responsible, 
for "too often the message we are 
preaching today is not the convict- 
ing news of sin and salvation 
through none but Jesus Christ; in- 
stead it is, 'Come to (jod and be 
showered with blessings' " (pp. 26- 

The third mistake the world 
makes is looking at the church and 
seeing just another social club, "a 
place you join, visit to be inspired, 
and stay as long as you feel like 
staying" (p. 34). 

If it is true that the world sees 
these things when it looks at the 
church, then we in the church have 
a huge task ahead of us. 

What does the world see in us? 

What does the world see in us? 
Does it see a church like the one at 
Antioch — a church of unprejudiced, 
unnamed witnesses who are en- 
couraging, teaching, and giving? Or 
does it see the Sunday morning so- 
cial club, interested only in self-im- 
provement? Jesus said, "If you love 
me, you will obey what I command." 
Obedience to Christ is the unmistak- 
able duty of every Christian. The 
task of the church is to be an obe- 
dient body of believers that is in- 
volved in witnessing, encoiu^aging, 
teaching and giving. 

Have you ever gone to a carnival 
and put your head through the hole 
in the faceless painting of a muscle 
man, a clown, or even a bathing 
beauty? Many of us have had our 
pictures taken this way, and the 
photos are ftmny because the head 
doesn't fit the body. 

If we had a picture of Christ as the 
head of our local body of believers, 
would the world laugh at the misfit? 
Or would it stand in awe of an 
earthly body so closely related to its 
divine head? [t] 

September 1986 

A Low Flame Burning 

Dr. Charles Munson looks back on General 
Conference and finds cause for encouragement. 

IT is my personal conviction that 
the Brethren have a low flame 
burning. But there is a flame, and I 
am much encouraged. 

I believe that as a church we do 
considerable work just to maintain 
ourselves. That is a disturbance that 
most of us don't like. We obviously 
need to maintain the structure 
through conferences and in our local 
churches. But as someone has said, 
"We are like a store where the 
clerks go in on Monday morning, 
lock the doors, and sell things to 
each other." Nevertheless, though 
our tendency to focus on mainte- 
nance keeps the flame low, I am still 

Let me tell you why I am encour- 
aged when I look back on General 
Conference. It is very difficult to put 
into words, but let me try. 

A low flame of desire 

There is a low flame of desire 
which can be intensified. The Breth- 
ren Church wants honestly to reach 
the masses for Jesus Christ. The low 
flame represents low momentum. 
That momentum has to come from 

Dr. Munson, a respected leader in The 
Brethren Church, is former dean (now re- 
tired) of Ashland Theohgical Seminary. 

the local churches. It is still the local 
church on the streets that wins the 
people to Christ. It is not General 

Fanning the flame 

What is encouraging is that Gen- 
eral Conference wants to fan the low 
flame and has taken steps to do so 
through its decisions about evangel- 
ism. Still, only the local church can 
work the streets and homes. Many of 
our congregations had no converts 
last year. But the encouraging word 
is that many did. It is a low flame, 
but it is burning. 

Let me tell you why I am encour- 
aged. Grod is still calling men and 
women out of our ranks into full- 
time Christian ministry. It hap- 
pened again this year at Conference. 
Some young and some not so young 
walked before hundreds of delegates 
and said a hearty "Yes" to the call of 
Jesus. It is a low flame, for we need 
multitudes for all ministries. But it 
is a flame with a potential. 

Let me tell you why I am encour- 
aged. One cannot listen to the re- 
ports of the missionaries without a 
sense of optimism. Their enthusiasm 
and outreach goals lift the spirits of 
us all. Think of the countries they 
serve and of the many preaching 

and teaching points, and you have 
reason to be encouraged. 

But every mission point needs 
workers. We heard that again and 
again this year. And when you hear 
that Maria Miranda is the most lis- 
tened-to woman in Latin America 
(over 100 million listeners to her 
radio broadcast), you have to be en- 
couraged. And when you add the 
growth in Mexico, South America, 
and India, you have to be uplifted. 
There is a flame burning. 

Let me tell you why I am encour- 
aged. Our per capita giving to world 
relief was third among all the con- 
gregations making such contribu- 
tions. Can you believe that? Imagine 
that: not 25th but third! Our World 
Relief Board was given a com- 
memorative plaque in recognition of 
our denominational giving. That 
truth is very encouraging to us all, 
for it demonstrates a compassionate 
flame burning. 

Let me tell you why I am encour- 
aged. There is not a group of Chris- 
tians on earth that has more to offer 
a needy world than The Brethren 
Church. We practice the ordinances, 
which people can see and experi- 
ence. Think of the visuals in bap- 
tism. Communion, laying on of 
hands, anointing. People cam vis- 
ualize £md physically experience 
what God wants. 

We also have a name that sig- 
nifies our concern for each other. 
The world needs that kind of em- 
bracing. Despite its flaws, we have a 
structure which allows people free- 
dom with responsibility. We have 
preaching that is biblical and a sem- 
inary which upholds this. We are 
the world's best-kept secret. We are 
a low flame hardly noticed. But the 
flame has not gone out, and our po- 
tential is as great as the promises of 

How to brighten the flame 

If you have read this far, con- 
gratulations. You are the kind of 
people I want to encourage further. 
Let me tell you what I think will 
brighten the low-burning flame. 
When Jesus looked over the mul- 
titudes (Matt. 9:35-38 and Luke 10: 
1-4), the Bible says that He 
had compassion on the people. He 
saw them as sheep without a shep- 
herd wandering helplessly and 
hopelessly. They were to Him a 


The Brethren Evangelist 

white harvest field ready for the 

Jesus' solution to the shortage of 
laborers is our solution. There is a 
town white for harvest wherever 
Brethren meet for worship. But we 
are not harvesting as we should. 
That is the low flame burning. We 
need compassion and laborers in all 
categories of ministry. Jesus' solu- 
tion is to ask specifically for laborers 
for the harvest. 

So what is new about that? Noth- 
ing at all. The only thing new would 
be if we believed His solution 
and did it. We could pray our church 
full of laborers: preachers, teachers, 
visitors, harvesters, people on the 
streets. Of course, you pray. But do 
you pray for specific people in your 
congregation who might have the 
gifts not yet discovered? Do you see 
or search out young people who have 

potential for pastoral leadership and 
encourage them? Do you pray for 
people to give witness for Jesus in 
the neighborhood? That's the flame 
that can be brightened. Honestly, it 
can be. 

"There is not a group of 
Christians on earth that 
has more to offer a needy 
world than The Brethren 

We can apply Jesus' solution. 
Everyone can pray, rich or poor, 
young or old, weak or strong. It 
must be the right solution to the 
need, or Jesus would not have said 

If my assumption is correct that 
we have low momentum, then it 
must be because there are not 

enough people doing the harvesting. 
We hire one harvester for our con- 
gregation and hope for the best. We 
surely need pastors so that more 
churches can be planted. But we 
need all kinds of laborers in all of 
our congregations. 

Together we can pray our Breth- 
ren Church full of laborers. And we 
can pray our church full of compas- 
sion. In addition to "pay" projects we 
could begin "pray" projects. In local 
churches we could be very specific 
during prayer times and ask for 
laborers. That is what Jesus said. 
We claim to be an obedient church. 
Let's do it. At home and when the 
congregations meet, let us look for 
and pray for laborers, for the har- 
vest truly is white. 

The low flame can be fanned into 
a bright fire, and we can do it Jesus' 
way. I'm encouraged. [t] 

Impressions of Amsterdam 86 

Evangelists, pastors, and mis- 
sionaries from around ttie globe 
gathered in Amsterdam, the Nether- 
lands, July 12-21 for the Interna- 
tional Conference for Itinerant Evan- 
gelists, to learn how to more effec- 
tively reach the world for Christ. 
Nine Brethren were there. Rev. 
Stephen Cole shares their impres- 
sions of the conference. 

Question: How do you transport 
5,000 evangelists 25 miles to a con- 
ference each morning and 25 miles 
back to their sleeping quarters each 

Answer: By using one 5,000-seat 
bus; or by having one 50-seat bus 
make 100 trips; or by renting a fleet 
of one hundred 50-seat buses. 

This riddle was offered by Bill 
Winter, Brethren missionary to 
Argentina, one of the 5,000 evangel- 
ists who made the daily trek ft"om 
their sleeping quarters (an exhibi- 
tion hall converted into a dormitory) 
to the city of Amsterdam, location of 
the International Conference for 
Itinerant Evangelists, held July 12- 

Rev. Cole is pastor of the Newark, 
Ohio, Brethren Church. 

The spirit of revival at Amsterdam 86 was dramatically symbolized in the opening 
ceremonies, as six torchbearers representing the earth's continents simultaneously 
lighted "the flame of the gospel." 

21 and sponsored by the Billy 
Gr£iham Evangelistic Association. 

A total of 8,194 evangelists and 
participants from 173 countries at- 
tended the conference, plus an addi- 
tional 1,945 staff members, program 
personalities, media personnel, and 
volunteers. While not the biggest 
conference ever held, it was the most 

widely representative, with partici- 
pants ft-om more coimtries than had 
attended any previous international 
conference, religious or secular. And 
all these gathered together to learn 
how they could more effectively 
spread the gospel to the inhabitants 
of our globe. 
The Brethren Church had nine 

September 1986 

representatives at the conference: 
missionaries Bill Winter (Argen- 
tina) and Mark Logan (Colombia); 
pastors Cirilo Ruiz Hernandez 
(Mexico City), Vidal Juarez 
(Pasadena and Monrovia, Calif.), 
Harold Walton (Fremont, Ohio), and 
Stephen Cole (Newark, Ohio); and 
Hispanic workers Juan and Maria 
Miranda (Pasadena, Calif, who 
served as counselors at the confer- 
ence); and their daughter Yvonne 
(who attended as a media aid). 

Amsterdam 86, as the conference 
was also known, was overwhelming 
in its impact on those who partici- 
pated. Overwhelming in biblical 
input and inspiration. Overwhelm- 
ing in prayer and planning. Over- 
whelming in fellowship, as language 
barriers were crossed by the one 
word that all languages share — 

Bill Bright, president of 
Campus Crusade for Christ, 
told the evangelists that 
he is convinced as a re- 
sult of surveys taken in 
151 countries "that at 
least one billion people 
would receive Christ today 
if they were properly and 
prayerfully approached." 

Laden down with books, impres- 
sions, and enough ideas to last a 
lifetime, the Brethren returned 
"home" to work. 

Cirilo Hernandez was deeply im- 
pressed by the testimony of a Philip- 
pine missionary, who spent six years 
with a tribe before she saw results. 

Amsterdam 86 
from The Breth- 
ren Church were 
(I. to r.) Harold 
Walton, Cirilo 
Ruiz Hernandez, 
Mark Logan, 
Maria Miranda, 
Juan Carlos 
Miranda, Vidal 
Juarez, Stephen 
Cole, Bill Winter, 
and (not pictured) 
Yvonne Miranda. 

Mark Logan's memories include 
the nearly 800 stewards, who paid 
their own way to the convention in 
order to help with meals, to serve as 
hotel aids, media support persons, or 
security personnel, or to do any of 
the other thankless jobs that they 
gladly performed. Mark attended be- 
cause he is the Billy Graham film 
distributor in Colombia and will 
be helping with follow-up in that 

Juan and Maria Miranda spent 
four hours each 
day counseling 
in English and 
Spanish with 
evangelists from 
around the 
world. They 
found that no 
matter where 
the evangelists 
came from, they 
were experienc- 
ing the same 
personal, fami- 
ly, and minis- 
try problems. 
Talking, encour- 
aging, and pray- 
ing filled their 

Yvonne Mi- 
randa spent her 
days as a media 
aid translating 
press releases 
into Spanish 
and Portugese. 
Her biggest 
thrill was at- 
tending a Billy 
Graham press 
conference with 

the world media and hearing Dr. 
Graham respond without hesitation 
to every question asked. 

"Christ was exalted and given His 
rightful place. The conference will 
do much to promote world evangel- 
ism," said Harold Walton. His words 
echoed the thoughts of others who 

Stephen Cole will forever re- 
member the people of Nepal. He met 
the first evangelist to the country, 
who went into Nepal fifty years ago 
after his country had gone 150 years 
without Christianity. Now over 70, 
the evangelist walked over most of 
his country, though lame in one arm 
and one leg. He baptized the first 
seven Christians and organized the 
first chiu-ch. By 1970 there were 500 

But as the church has grown in 
Nepal, so has government opposi- 
tion. When people are baptized, they 
get one year in jail; if they preach, 
they receive three years in jail; and 
if they baptize others, they are given 
six years in jail. Yet, despite their 
suffering. Christians in Nepal now 
number twenty-five thousand. This 
is evangelism! [t] 

Ck^fumUij U. . . 


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1985 Northwind Studios International 


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Brethren Peace Committee, Phil Lersch, Chairman 

About Nicaragua 

Harold Bamett, pastor of the First 
Brethren Church in Hagerstown, 
Md., and member of the Brethren 
Peace Committee, has been instru- 
mental recently in organizing a 
group of pastors and laity of the 
Hagerstown area into a local chap- 
ter of a national organization, 
American Coalition for Traditional 
Values. Harold has been elected 
chairman of the group, which will 
"speak out on moral, spiritual and 
Biblical issues and pray for and seek 
to influence our representatives on 
state and national issues regarding 
Christian values." 

Harold is also a member of the 
Concerned Christian Committee of 
Hagerstown, which has endorsed 
and publicized the following state- 
ment about Nicaragua, entitled 
"Helping the Oppressed." 

Recent articles in the newspapers 
portray leading churchmen as op- 
posed to President Reagan's 
policies in Central America, speci- 
fically in relation to Nicaragua. 
This may represent the views of a 
few national leaders, but it defi- 
nitely is not the view of many 
Christians, especially those in the 
more "conservative" churches. 
Christians differ in their view of 
what is the moral and just thing to 
do in given situations. 

We, the Concerned Christian 
Committee, strongly endorse and 
support the President's goal of 
helping the freedom fighters. There 
is a righteous cause in Nicaragua, 
helping those being oppressed 
under a Marxist dictatorship. Most 
Christians felt in 1939 that helping 
Europeans to be freed from the 
tyranny of Nazism was the just 
thing to do. We can see no differ- 
ence between then and Nicaragua 
today just because it is on a small- 
er scale. Genocide of the Miskito 
Indians is just as evil now as past 
examples of genocide. 

The Scriptures teach us that the 
purpose of government is to re- 
strain evil even to the extent of cap- 
ital punishment if necesssary (Ro- 
mans 13:3,4). Sometimes force is 
necessary because of man's evil. 
Even Christ used "force" to clear 
the temple of a rather large and 
unruly crowd at the Passover 
(John 2). 

When a bully is mistreating a 
weak and innocent person on the 
street, it would be a grave injustice 
to look the other way or do nothing. 
An appropriate level of force 
should be righteously applied. The 
same applies to Nicaragua. 

It is a shame, even an outrage, 
that significant segments of or- 
ganized Christianity have taken 
the side of slavery. 

The Contadora Process 

Some Christians believe that the 
"Contadora Act for Peace and Co 
operation" in Central America pro- 
vides the only present hope for an 
end to the fighting in Nicaragua. It 
began in January of 1983 when rep- 
resentatives from Mexico, Ven- 
ezuela, Colombia, and Panama met 
on the island of Contadora to in- 
itiate negotiations. Since then it has 
been supported by Argentina, 
Brazil, Peru, and Uruguay. 

The Contadora Plan was crafted 
expressly to meet U.S. concern about 
Soviet and Cuban military presence 
in the region and alleged Nicara- 
guan support for insurgencies in 
neighboring countries. Its provision 
would restrict foreign military in- 
volvement in the region by the Cu- 
bans and the Soviets, and by the 
U.S. as well. 

The Nicaraguan government 
(Sandinistas) was initiidly opposed 
to signing this document as long as 
the U.S. was conducting covert at- 
tacks against them. But later they 
agreed to join the other four Central 
American covmtries in signing the 
Contadora treaty. The U.S., how- 

ever, effectively blocked this initia- 

In February 1986 the foreign 
ministers of Contadora and the sup- 
port group came to Washington to 
urge official U.S. support, calling for 
"termination of external support to 
the irregular forces operating in the 
region." But they were rebuffed, emd 
they returned to Central America 

Jeane Kirkpatrick, in Washington 
Post editorials in May, explained the 
administration's objection to putting 
its full support behind the Conta- 
dora process. She notes a fundamen- 
tal gap of mistrust about entering 
into any agreement with what is 
perceived as a communist govern- 
ment in Nicargua. President Reagan 
contends that "finding a common be- 
lief and common good" is impossible 
with the untrustworthy communist 
Sandinistas and promotes support of 
contra revolutionaries as the best 

Although peace is the desired end 
of both the Contadora and contra 
solutions, each solution presents 
risks. The Contadora solution 
believes that peaceful mesms of 
negotiation are still possible and is 
willing to take the risk of non- 
compliance by the parties involved. 
The contra solution assumes that 
negotiation with the present Nicara- 
guan government is impossible and 
risks the devastating effects of pro- 
longed violence in its search for 

(Latter report gleaned from Interces- 
sors, a newsletter from Evangelicals for 
Social Action.) 

We can talk all we want about being 
God's people, but unless our Christianity 
is doing someone else some good, it is not 
maturing. Christians can raise their 
hands to the Lord at Sunday services, but 
they also need to get them down to serve. 
Luther McCurtis 

September 1986 

Dr. Warren Garner's 
Moderator's Address 
to the 1986 
General Conference. 

Moderator Warren Garner addressing the Conference. 

The Spiritual State of Our Church 

ONE of the more difficult aspects 
of my responsibilities as moder- 
ator has been understanding what is 
implied in the duties of the Spiritual 
State of the Churches Committee 
and then determining how to pre- 
pare the report. The Manual of Pro- 
cedure states that the purpose of this 
committee is "To evaluate the spirit- 
ual condition of the Church, its 
needs, and its prospects." It also 
states that the committee shall be 
composed of the moderators of the 
various districts of The Brethren 
Church. This in itself poses a prob- 
lem because the conference years of 
most of the districts end sometime 
during the General Conference year. 
The impact of this arrangement is 
that there is a different group of 
people who are on the committee at 
the beginning of our General Con- 
ference year than what we will find 
at the end of the Conference year. 

The Manual of Procedure states 
that a plan must be submitted to 
the General Conference Executive 
Coimcil (GCEC) at its first meeting 
following Conference. Since I did not 
assxime this office until after the 
first GCEC meeting, this was not 
possible, and then I did not become 
aware of this responsibility until 
well into the Conference year. 

The difficulty I have had in carry- 
ing out the direction of the Manual 
of Procedure is finding a way to 

evaluate and articulate the spiritual 
state of the church. Certednly the 
writers of the purpose had some- 
thing in mind or there wouldn't be 
such a committee. How to imple- 
ment it is another matter. These 
preliminary remarks are intended to 
serve as a background for the com- 
ments I am about to make. 

Discussions have been held with 
several groups as I have traveled 
around the Brotherhood. The defini- 
tions of spiritual state which have 
been expressed have been good ones, 
but measuring their intent has been 
difficult. They raise the question. 
Can spiritual state be quantified? 

Take a minute and think about 
your own spiritual state. How would 
you answer this question, What is 
my spiritual state? Does it mean to 
pray regularly, to attend church reg- 
ularly, to read the scriptures regu- 
larly? Or does it mean that you treat 
people kindly, help those in distress, 
and/or give to charities? Consider 
how difficult it would be to measure 
these different sets of questions. 
Colossians 3:12-14 says, "And so, as 
those who have been chosen of God, 
holy and beloved, put on a heart of 
compassion, kindness, humility, 
gentleness and patience; bearing 
with one another, and forgiving each 
other, whoever has a complaint 
against any one; just as the Lord for- 
gave you, so also should you. And 

beyond all these things put on love, 
which is the perfect bond of unity" 

When a person achieves the intent 
of these verses, in my opinion he or 
she should be placed on the spiritual 
state scale at 10. This spiritual state 
definition makes quantification even 
more difficult. So, from the more 
quantifiable items in the first series 
of questions to those that are less 
measurable, the difficulty in deter- 
mining spiritual state of the church 
becomes more apparent. 

Illustrating our spiritual state 

Let me now present a series of vi- 
gnettes that for me illustrate what 
the spirtual state of The Brethren 
Church is. As you will soon see, 
there is no attempt to place any of 
these observations and/or experi- 
ences on a scale, but simply to say 
that in my book, they demonstrate 
what it is to have Grod's Spirit work- 
ing through us. 

In one of my visits, I spent two 
nights in the home of a yoimg couple 
whose marriage had been rather 
turbulent during its early years. The 
husband had been a popular high 
school student, but had tried the 
drug scene. Then he married a fine 
Christiem young lady who was a 
member of The Brethren Church. 
Her strong love endured a separa- 
tion. Since those troubled days they 


The Brethren Evangelist 

*. . . good things are happening m The Brethren Church. These 
acts of love stem from a biblically based foundation and demon- 
strate the caring spirit exemphhed by our Lord." 

have developed a Christ-centered 
home and have two children. He is 
in business for himself and making 
a success of it. They are proud of 
their life with Christ and the 
church. They are sponsors of their 
youth group. He gets his kicks out of 
spending an evening with the youth 
of the chiu-ch who need an adult 
chaperone when they are out on the 
town. They do not have all the com- 
forts of life but are happy to share 
what they have. They slept on the 
floor so I could have the only adult 
bed in the house. 

A hard decision 

In another part of the country, 
there is a young couple who had en- 
tered the United States as illegal 
aliens. They found fellowship in one 
of the Brethren churches and found 
the Lord. In keeping with their 
study of the Bible and in talking 
with their minister, it became ap- 
parent that a hard decision had to be 
made. Should they reveal them- 
selves as illegal aliens and trust in 
the Lord to direct their lives or re- 
main secluded and try to be Christ- 
like in all other ways? They did re- 
veal their identity to the immigra- 
tion authorities and as of this day 
are waiting for a final decision. They 
are attending Conference. 

In still another situation, a mem- 
ber of The Brethren Church who 
also happens to own a motel pro- 

vided free housing for the district 
conference delegates who lived so far 
from the one-day conference that 
they had to stay overnight. 

On a scale larger than an indi- 
vidual family but one that still car- 
ries with it the theme of a "positive 
spiritual state" was evident as I vis- 
ited district meetings. There is one 
district that I know of that sent a 
delegation to Lost Creek for a week 
to assist in their maintenance pro- 
gram. Another demonstration of a 
district's love was an appreciation 
cash gift to the church camp which 
is owned by another denomination 
but which was used for a couple of 
weeks by the Brethren district 
young people. Or how about a dis- 
trict that provides sufficient support 
so that the Crusaders have a new 
vehicle to take care of their trans- 
portation needs? 

Congregations that shared 

I also learned of a congregation 
that spearheaded a project to raise 
funds for a maintenance facility at 
one of our church camps. Another 
congregation borrowed money to as- 
sist a sister congregation in its de- 
velopment, while another congrega- 
tion gave a cash gift to a neighbor- 
ing congregation to assist it in im- 
proving its physical facility. This 
gift resulted in a larger gift, the de- 
velopment of prayer partners and 
recognition of special days with 

The Ringers of 
Joy bell choir 
from the Tucson, 
Ariz., First 
Church traveled 
thousands of 
miles to be a 
part of the 1986 
General Confer- 
ence. They were 
joined for some 
of their numbers 
by members of 
the Northwest 
Brethren Chapel 
bell choir, also 
of Tucson. 

cards and letters. We will return to 
this idea of sharing between congre- 
gations a little later. 

The final illustration of spiritual 
state I would like to make is being 
demonstrated here this week. Two 
churches combined their talents to 
develop a bell choir, and then they 
raised the necessary resoiu-ces to 
transport the combined choir to this 
Conference so you could enjoy their 
talents and at the same time have a 
corporate worship experience at the 
national level. 

Good things are happening 

No doubt these vignettes have 
triggered similar thoughts in yovu- 
minds. That is great, because I have 
attempted to only illustrate what I 
think is meant by spiritual state. It 
is also an attempt on my part to say 
that good things are happening in 
The Brethren Church. These acts of 
love stem fi-om a biblically based 
foundation and demonstrate the car- 
ing spirit exemplified by our Lord. 
Good things raise the spiritual level 
of the persons involved. They should 
be an encouragement to each of you 
to be a part of such an experience. 
These illustrations might give im- 
petus to you or your church to be a 
part of something similar. It only 
takes one person to plant a seed. 
With experiences like these, a per- 
son or group of people will find op- 
portunities to walk more closely 
with the Lord. 

So what is the spiritual state of 
our church? As I said at the outset, 
it doesn't seem to me appropriate to 
place any of these on a scale of one 
to ten, but collectively they demon- 
strate the potential of The Brethren 
Church, which I believe is a ten. 
That may be achieved with agencies 
inside or outside of our church, but 
most important is the fact that it 
has begun and it needs to be con- 
tinued and expanded. Can we do 
more? The answer is a big YES. Will 
we do more? That is up to you — I 
think we can. You may be the per- 
son to plant the seed in your con- 
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September 1986 


gregation or district to begin this 
kind of outreach. 

Now let me move from my evalua- 
tion of the spiritual state of the 
church to some recommendations 
that have been developed as a result 
of my attending the district confer- 
ences. Let me say that it has been a 
real joy to meet with Brethren in the 
various districts. In some cases there 
were time limitations and it was not 
possible to visit with mjmy of you. It 

was demeinding, but there were re- 
wards. Like the kind comments of 
individuals who attended the confer- 
ences. They more than compensated 
for the demands required to develop 
appropriate remarks that were deli- 
vered at each conference. In addition 
to attendance at district conferences, 
my moderator responsibility stimu- 
lated Helen and me to visit several 
of the local congregations. And 
above all it stimulated me to in- 

crease my personal interest in how 
the Lord works. 

So these recommendations are a 
result of my observations and of 
hearing the comments made by you 
good people. Hopefully, you will find 
in them something that in the next 
yeeir will help you increase your dili- 
gence in working with your local 
congregation, but more important 
increase your diligence in walking 
more closely with the Lord. [t] 

Moderator's Recommendations 

Following are the twelve recommen- 
dations that Dr. Gamer made in the 
second part of his moderator's address. 
After each recommendation, Dr. Gamer 
included some comments explaining its 
meaning and purpose. These comments 
are not printed here, but will be in- 
cluded with Dr. Gamer's message when 
it is printed in the 1986 General Confer- 
ence Annual later this year. 

Dr. Gamer's recommendations emd 
the action taken by Conference were as 

1. That every Brethren church encourage 
its members to read the Bible during 
the calendar year 1987 by using any 
of a variety of guides designed for 
that purpose. 

Conference adopted this recommen- 
dation, which is a reempheisis of a 
1985 moderator's recommendation. 

2. That every church set a goal of 100% 
of its family units becoming subscrib- 
ers to The Brethren Evangeust 
within the next two years. 

Conference adopted this recom- 
mendation, which is likewise a 
reemphasis of a 1985 moderator's 

3. That the Brethren Publishing Com- 
pany be encouraged to establish an 
editorial board that would have 
the responsibility of assisting the 
editor of the EVANGELIST in select- 
ing themes and finding writers. I 
would hope that this editoral board 
would include elders, laymen, and 

Conference adopted this recom- 
mendation £ind referred it to the 
Publishing Company for im- 

4. That each church and its pastor use 
as a guide the statement Ethics for 
the Church and the Pastor in order 
to develop better understanding of 
the role each must play in achieving 
the Lord's work. 

Conference referred the ethical 
guidelines to the Ministerial As- 
sociation for refinement, to be 

brought back to next year's Gen- 
eral Conference. 

5. That the minutes of the Tuesday, 
August 12, 1985, General Conference 
business session be corrected to in- 
clude the adoption of the six-point re- 
commendation from the General Con- 
ference Executive Council, presented 
after discussion of the moderator's 
last recommendation. 

This recommendation was adopted. 

6. That the Polity Committee be di- 
rected to study the composition of the 
General Conference Executive Coun- 
cil, taking into consideration the staff 
position of Director of Denomina- 
tional Business and its relationship to 
the changes in the bookkeeping, re- 
cording actions of the General Con- 
ference Executive Council, and statu- 
tory agent. 

Conference adopted this recommen- 
dation along with a directive that a 
report be given at the 1987 General 

7. That the Polity Committee be di- 
rected to establish a consistent proce- 
dure for filling vacancies on any of 
the committees of the General Confer- 
ence, and that they recommend the 
appropriate changes in the Manual of 

Conference adopted this recommen- 

8. That all members of the General 
Conference Executive Council be 
granted Conference delegate status by 
virtue of their position. 

Conference adopted this recommen- 
dation with the understanding that 
the Executive Council would pay the 
fees for those credentials used. 

9. That a study be undertaken to find 
ways to encourage elders to continue 
their Christian service in The Breth- 
ren Church rather than going to 
another denomination. 

Conference adopted this recommen- 
dation along with the recommenda- 
tion of Executive Council encourag- 
ing the Director of Pastoral minis- 

tries to establish a committee to 
study and address this issue and pre- 
sent a report to the May 1987 Execu- 
tive Council meeting. 

10. The appointment of a Fraternal Re- 
lations Committee whose responsibil- 
ity it would be to seek ways to encour- 
age activity looking toward the moral 
and social uplift of mankind through 
the application of the gospel of Jesus 
Christ with other similar denomina- 

This recommendation was amended 
to read, (added words are in italics), 
"The appointment of a Fraternal Re- 
lations Committee whose responsibil- 
ity it would be to seek ways to en- 
courage mutual ministry looking to- 
ward the moral and socisd uplift of 
mankind through the application of 
the gospel of Jesus Christ with other 
similfu denominations, and that we 
begin with the Church of the Breth- 
ren." It was then adopted by the Con- 

11. That in order to continue the theme 
of the 1986 Conference year, Faith 
and Family, we extend the family ties 
beyond the local church by establish- 
ing triads of love of congregations. 
The purpose of these triads would be 
to nurture each other through a series 
of interactions. (The triads could con- 
sist of churches A,B,C: A would in- 
teract with B; B would interact with 
C; C would interact with A). These 
interactions might be pulpit ex- 
change, special music exchange, es- 
tablish prayer partners, youth ac- 
tivities, or any other activity that 
would include two or more congrega- 

Conference adopted this recommen- 
dation. (In accordance with the 
suggestion of Executive Council, a 
list of suggested church triads will be 
published in next month's issue of 
the Evangelist.) 

12. That beginning at 6:00 p.m. the 
evening of March 6 (the 1987 World 
Day of Prayer), every Brethren church 
establish a 24-hour prayer vigil. 

Conference adopted this recommen- 


The Brethren Evangelist 

General Conference Report 

A review of the 98th General 
Conference of The Brethren Church 

The 98th General Conference of The Brethren Church, 
held August 11-15 at Ashland College, is now history. In 
accordance with the theme, "Faith and Family, " one of the 
emphases of this Conference was our ties as a spiritual 

This emphasis was present from the beginning, in the 
"Brethren Family Reunion" on Monday afternoon. It con- 
tinued throughout the week in the daily fellowship. And it 
reached its peak on Thursday morning, when, at the 
suggestion of inspirational speaker Dr. Ray Ortlund, Breth- 
ren shared hugs and expressed their Christian love for one 

On this and the following several pages is a review of 
this year's General Conference and the BYC Convention 
that ran concurrently. You will find a report of the business 
that was transacted, comments on the inspiring and chal- 
lenging messages that were presented, and an overview of 
some of the other events that took place during the week. 

I hope that you will find this review both interesting and 
informative, and that from it you will sense some of that 
Brethren family fellowship that was such an important part 
of this General Conference. 

The Editor 

Conference Photographs by Rev. Ronald W. Waters. 

Where much of the action took place: the speakers' platform, 
with the Conference banner behind it. The Conference logo was 
designed by Stephen Gentle, 15-year-old son of Conference 
Coordinator Judi Gentle and her husband, Stanley. The Con- 
ference banner was made by Park Street member Lanie Roberts. 

Conference Business 

Three items of business drew the 
most discussion during the four Con- 
ference business sessions. The three 
items were ethical guidehnes for 
Brethren churches and pastors, a rec- 
ommendation that evangelism respon- 
sibilities be added to the job descrip- 
tion of the Director of Pastoral Minis- 
tries, and a motion that next year's 
Conference be held at Manchester Col- 
lege in North Manchester, Ind. 

The discussion of ethical quidelines 
came out of Moderator Gamer's rec- 
ommendation that "each church and 
its pastor use as a guide the statement 
Ethics for the Church and the Pastor 
in order to develop better understand- 
ing of the role each must play in 
achieving the Lord's work." 

Some delegates voiced reservations 
about the guidelines because they in- 
cluded no supporting Scripture refer- 
ences. Others thought that the 
guidelines needed further refinement 
and that there should be more oppor- 
tunity for study and input. As a result, 
the guidelines were referred to the 

September 1986 

Ministerial Association for refinement 
and to be brought back to next year's 
General Conference. 

The item concerning evangelism 
was a c£trry-over from last year, when 
then Moderator Arden Gilmer recom- 
mended that the Conference create 
£ind fund a new Board of Evangelism. 
The 1985 Conference approved this 
recommendation and directed the 
General Conference Executive Council 
(GCEC) to present to the 1986 Confer- 
ence a specific proposal for implemen- 
tation of this recommendation. 

After considering the funding 
needed to support such a board and 
how creating another board would fit 
into the overall objectives of the reor- 
ganization of denominational minis- 
tries, the GCEC recommended that 
rather than creating another board at 
this time, that the denomination begin 
"with an embryonic program using the 
edready existing General Conference 
Evangelism Committee £is a resource/ 
advisory group and adding to the job 
description of the Director of Pastoral 

Ministries [DPM] certain respon- 
sibilities in the area of evangelism." 

Discussion on this recommendation 

focused on two concerns: one, that 

evangelism would get lost in the 

Director of Pastoral Ministries' other 

(continued on next page) 

Statistician's Report 

According to Conference Statistician 
Dr. James Hollinger, The Brethren 
Church ended 1985 with 123 churches 
(one more than in 1984), three mission 
congregations, four classes, and a total 
membership of 14,558 (319 more than 
in 1984). In addition Dr. Hollinger 
noted that there eire more than 2,000 
Brethren in India and more than 1,000 
in Argentina. 

Average Sunday morning worship at- 
tendance across the denomination lEist 
year was 10,831 (up 112 from 1984), 
and average Sunday school attendance 
was 7,514 (down 106 from 1984). 

During 1985 the church gained 1,469 
members and lost 1,150. Fifty-six con- 
gregations showed an increase in 
church membership. 


Conference Business continued 

work; or two, that the DPM would be 
overloaded and that his ministry to 
pastors would suffer as a result. 

After considerable discussion and 
some exploration of other options, the 
recommendation to add evangelism to 
the job description of the DPM was 
passed, along with a $1.00 increase in 
apportionment to provide the DPM 
part-time secretarial help. Acting on a 
later motion, the Conference also com- 
missioned GCEC to establish a time 
schedule by which we might develop 
further implementation of evangelism, 
with a report of their recommenda- 
tions to be given at the 1987 General 

Delegates were about equally di- 

vided on the question of holding Con- 
ference at Manchester College next 
year, with cogent arguments being 
presented both for and against the 
move. After considerable discussion, 
the motion to change locations lost by 
six votes. Delegates then voted to hold 
next year's Conference August 3-7 at 
Ashland College. Moderator Gamer 
announced that the 1987 Conference 
theme will be "Pray Without Ceeis- 
ing," based on I Thessalonians 5:17. 

Other noteworthy items of busi- 
ness included the following: 

The First Brethren Church of Icard, 
North Carolina (near Hickory), was 
recognized as a duly organized church 
in the Southeastern District and given 

Conference Officers 

full church status in the denomina- 

The moderator, in cooperation with 
the GCEC, was directed to appoint a 
specied committee to begin planning 
now the theme and program for the 
100th General Conference in 1988. 

"The Brethren Resolve for Peace," 
initially prepared in 1984 by the Jef- 
ferson Brethren Church and revised 
by the Conference Peace Committee 
(and printed in the June issue of the 
EvANGEUST), was adopted. 

In addition to the above, the 435 
delegates who attended the Confer- 
ence (139 ministerial; 296 lay, district, 
and cooperative) took action on the 
moderator's other recommendations 
(see page 12); elected officers and 
board and commitee members; ap- 
proved budgets; accepted reports from 
denominational boards, committees, 
and ministries; and took care of other 
denominational business. 

Dr. Dale R. Stoffer, 35, pastor of 
the Smoky Row Brethren Church of 
Columbus, Ohio, was chosen mod- 
erator-elect by this year's Conference 

Son of Thomas and Donna Stoffer, 
Dr. Stoffer grew up in the Trinity 
Brethren Church of Canton, Ohio, 
studied at Ashland College (B.A. 
1972) and Ashland Theological Semi- 
nary (M.Div. 1975), and did his 
graduate work at Fuller Theological 
Seminary (Ph.D. 1980). 

In the fall of 1980 he began the 
Brethren Bible Fellowship of Colum- 
bus, which has grown into the Smoky 
Row Brethren Church with a 1985 
membership of 32 and an average at- 
tendance of 61. He also is a part-time 
professor at Ashland Theological Sem- 
inary. He is married to the former 
Marcia MePherson of Bellefontaine, 
Ohio (Gretna Brethren Church), and 
he and Marcia have two children, 
Anne Marie (4) and Paul (2). 

Continuing as moderator is Dr. 
Warren Garner, who entered this 
position last November following the 
death of Rev. (jeorge Solomon. Dr. 
Gamer, 60, is professor of education 
and Director of Teacher Education at 
Manchester College and a member of 
the North Manchester, Ind., First 
Brethren Church. 

Reelected for a three-year term as 
secretary was Mrs. Norma Waters, 
member and wife of the pastor of the 
Mt. Olive Brethren Church, McGaheys- 
ville, Va. Chosen as assistant trea- 
surer for three years was Tim Row- 
sey, member and treasurer of the Ash- 
land Park Street Brethren Church, 
who is employed as Information Man- 
agement Coordinator for Western Re- 

The 1986-87 Conference officers are (I. to r.) Marjorie Bennett, Norma Waters, 
Dale Stoffer, James Hollinger, J. Michael Drushal, Tim Rowsey, Moderator Warren 
Garner, Arden Gilmer, and (not shown) John Shultz. 

serve Farm Credit in Ashland. Also 
elected to a three-year term was the 
new statutory agent. Dr. John 
Shultz, dean of Ashland Theological 
Seminary tmd a member of the Ash- 
land Park Street Brethren Church. 

Continuing in office are Dr. Arden 
Gilmer as past moderator (second 
year); Dr. James Hollinger, statisti- 
cian (1987); Mrs. Marjorie Bennett, as- 
sistant secretary (1988); and J. 
Michael Drushal, treasurer (1988). 

Brethren {Health Trust to l\/lerge >a 

Rev. Dale Ru Lon, president of the 
Board of Trustees of the Retirement 
Fund, Inc., announced during (jeneral 
Conference that the trustees have 
voted to merge the Brethren Health 
Care Trust with the Mennonite 
Mutual Aid Association (MMAA), ef- 
fective October 1, 1986. 

Rev. Ru Lon explained that while 
the Brethren Health Care Plan is cur- 
rently in sound financial condition, 
the plan has little chance of becoming 

significantly larger and therefore, 
over the long term, will face increased 
difficulty in meeting the almost cer- 
tEiin extraordinairy cost increases. 

The MMAA, headquartered in 
Goshen, Ind., has over 50,000 partici- 
pants, and last year paid medical 
benefits in excess of $24,000,000. 

Following the merger, the existing 
benefit schedule, premium rate struc- 
ture, and coverage status for all 
Brethren participants will be con- 


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A Brethren 
Family Reunion 

More energetic Brethren took 
part m a game of volleyball 
(above), while others were satis- 
fied just to spend the time enjoy- 
ing good Brethren fellowship. But 
when the food arrived, most 
everyone rose to the occasion 
(left). Following the reunion and 
picnic, Rev. Brad Hardesty 
(below) led music and Dr. Alvin 
Shifflett (bottom) gave the mes- 
sage for the vesper service, held in 
front of Founders Hall. 

A Brethren Family Reunion, held 
Monday afternoon on the Ashland Col- 
lege Quad, provided an ideal time for 
Brethren to strengthen the ties that 
bind us together as a church family. 
Some played volleyball; others enjoyed 
throwing balls at a target in a dunk- 
ing booth in hopes of putting National 
Youth Director Mitch Funkhouser or 
one of the Sunmier Crusaders in the 
drink. But most just spent the time 
greeting old friends, making new 
friends, and enjojring good Brethren 

The reunion concluded with a picnic 
supper that featured barbequed chick- 
en accompanied by an abundance of 

ennonite Aid 

tinned under the auspices of the 
MMAA. In December participants will 
be given the opportunity to enroll in 
one of several alternate programs of- 
fered by MMAA. Essentially, the pro- 
grams offered will provide improved 
coverage over that of the Brethren 
Health Care Plan at similar premium 
rates. In addition, transfer of coverage 
will not require evidence of insurabil- 
ity. More information is being sent to 
Health Care Plan participants. 

September 1986 

other picnic food, enjoyed by between 
350 and 400 adults, youth, and chil- 

Following the Brethren Feimily 
Heunion, an outdoor vesper service 
commemorating the life of the late 
Rev. George W. Solomon, who was to 
have served as moderator of this Gen- 
eral Conference, was held in front of 
Ashland College Founders Hall. 

Rev. Brad Hardesty, a co-worker 
with Rev. Solomon in the Mill- 
edgeville Brethren Church and now 
pastor of that congregation, led sing- 
ing and presented special music. 

The speaker was Dr. Alvin Shifflett, 
pastor of the Nappanee, Ind., Brethren 
Church, who credits his entrance into 
the pastoral ministry to the direct in- 
fluence of Rev. Solomon. 

Dr. Shifflett praised Rev. Solomon 
for being a recruiter and a salesperson 
for the Lord. He said that Brother Sol- 
omon was so diligent about the work 
of the Lord that it was always easy for 
Brethren to "let George do it." As a re- 
sult, he burned his heart out doing the 
Lord's work. Dr. Shifflett concluded 
his message by challenging the Breth- 
ren to following the exEimple of Rev. 
George Solomon in being recruiters 
£ind salespersons for the Lord. 


General Conference Inspirational Sessions 

Opening Worship Service 

The opening worship service of Gen- 
eral Conference held on Monday eve- 
ning, was led by Moderator Warren 
Gamer and included a youth march by 
young people attending the BYC Con- 
vention, a welcome by Youth Mod- 
erator Mark Robison, and a message 
by Rev. Leroy Solomon. 

Special music was presented by 
"Ringers of Joy," a bell choir from the 
Tucson, Ariz., First Brethren Church. 
Joining the choir for one of its num- 
bers were several members of the bell 
choir of the Northwest Brethren 
Chapel (also located in Tucson). 

"Marriage is the foundation of the 
family," said Rev. Solomon, in his 
message during the service. Referring 
to the Conference theme, "Faith and 
Family," he said, "If the marriage 
doesn't work, the family doesn't 

Using Ephesians 5:21-33 as his text, 
Rev. Solomon, pastor of the Winding 
Waters Brethren Church, Elkhart, 
Ind., spoke on the necessity of fulfill- 
ing one's marriage role. Conflict is a 
dominant element in many marriages, 
he said, and much of this conflict is 
due to non-acceptance of one's role. 
"No marriage or family will ever sur- 
vive a fight for rights," he stated. 

A wife's basic role is to submit to 
her husband, and a husband's basic 
role is to love his wife with sacrificial 
love, he said. He urges wives to put 
their husbands first (after Christ), ex- 
press love frequently, build their hus- 
bands up, compromise, and cleave to 
their husbands. 

He likewise encouraged husbands to 
put their wives first (even before their 
jobs), treat them with respect, share 
an occasional intimate moment, praise 

Rev. Leroy Solomon: "If the marriage 
doesn't work, the family doesn't work." 

their wives, and let them know they 
will cleave to them no matter what. 

Rev. Solomon concluded his message 
by having husbands and wives stand 
and repeat their wedding vows to one 

Inspirational Speaker Raymond Ortlund 

Dr. Raymond C. Ortlund, the main 
inspirational speaker for General Con- 
ference, is proof that Brethren take 
seriously their commitment to the 
1986 theme, "Faith and Family." 
When Dr. J. Allan Petersen, the 
scheduled speaker, received a rare op- 
portunity to visit a member of his fam- 
ily (a son serving as a missionary in 
Africa), arrangements were hastily 
made with Dr. Ortlund to be his sub- 

Dr. Ortlund demonstrated that he 
was more than a substitute; he was 
God's special choice for the occasion. 
His four messages not only inspired 
his audiences, but also challenged 
them to a deeper relationship with the 
Lord Jesus Christ. 

A former pastor. Dr. Ortlund pres- 
ently ministers with his wife Ann in 
conferences airound the world through 
Renewal Ministries. He is also a fea- 
tured speaker on the Haven of Rest 
radio broadcast, heard worldwide, and 
a noted author of several books, in- 
cluding his best seller. Lord, Make My 
Life a Miracle. Dr. Ortlund carefully 
weaves biblical truth with practical il- 
lustration and humor. 

In his opening address. Dr. Ortlund 
claimed that many well-meaning 
Christians, deeply longing to 
strengthen their families, fail because 
they do not have a proper perspective 

on relationships. He said, "Life is like 
a parachute jump. You've got to get it 
right the first time." Therefore we 
must have our priorities right fi-om 
the beginning. 

Our most important relationship is 
our walk with Jesus Christ. "Jesus 
Christ must be square one in our life 
or everything else is either meaning- 
less or futile," Dr. Ortlund said. Prob- 
lems arise when people place anything 
else, including their family, above 
Christ. "The truth is," he said, "Jesus 

Dr. Raymond Ortlund: Weaving bibli- 
cal truth with practical illustration and 

Christ has to be first for the family. 
The most important thing you can do 
is love your children to Christ." 

The second key relationship for the 
family is its tie to the church. Dr. 
Ortlund chedlenged Brethren to £d- 
ways present a positive image of the 
family of God. "It is easy," he said, "to 
become a faultfinding body. Never 
make the pastor, deacon ... or any 
other church member lunch time con- 
versation." A key way to strengthen 
families is to demonstrate a sincere 
love for the church. Dr. Ortlund 
lamented that a major problem 
families face is that "many children 
hate the church because tJiey think 
their parents do." 

The third relationship pivotal to 
strong families is a proper love for the 
world. Dr. Ortlund challenged his 
hearers to love the world as God so 
loved the world and to cultivate 
strategies by which families can 
minister to the world. Families £U-e 
strengthened by ministering to a 
world hungry for Christ. 

In his second message Dr. Ortlund 
dealt with the controversial passage in 
Ephesians 5:21-27. He reminded us 
that this is the word of God and that, 
when necessary. Christians must 
change their beliefs and practices in 
the light of God's truth. He said that 
the key message of this passage is 


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"submitting to one another because 
Christ is Lord" (v. 21). When Christ 
has top priority in our lives, we sub- 
mit to each other because He said so. 
As we submit to one another in love, 
families are strengthened. 

Dr. Ortlund's third message pro- 
vided an excellent challenge to build 
our walk with the Lord as well as 
practical help for doing so. Basic to 
our walk with the Lord is practicing 
His presence. "Christ practiced the 
presence of God in His life," Dr. 
Ortlund said, and he challenged us to 
do the same. One way we can practice 
His presence is through spending time 
alone with God. "There's not the 

slightest chance of yovu- being a great 
person for God if you don't have a reg- 
ular quiet time," he said. 

Another way of practicing God's 
presence is by worshiping regularly 
with Gtod's people. But of greatest im- 
portance is our need to fully surrender 
to God. "Nothing can happen practi- 
cally in our lives until we completely 
surrender to our Savior," Dr. Ortlund 

Jesus' command to "love one 
another" (Jn. 13:34-35) provided the 
basis for Dr. Ortlund's final challenge. 
He stated that "love must be a chief 
distinctive of The Brethren Church if 
you are to grow. You may be sound 

A Call to Brethren Ministry 

Rev. James F. Black was the wor- 
ship leader for the Thursday evening 
program, which had as its theme, "A 
Call to Brethren Ministry." He intro- 
duced the Ringers of Joy bell choir 
from the Brethren churches in Tucson, 
Ariz. Following their numbers. Eter- 
nal Vision, the Summer Crusaders 
singing group, presented a short pro- 
gram of music. 

Rev. James R. Black, Executive 
Director of the Missionary Board, was 
the main speaker for the evening. In 
his message, based on II Timothy 2, he 
stressed that God has a plan for The 
Brethren Church and that the church 
is responsible to be faithful to God's 
word. We must recognize the unique- 
ness of The Brethren Church, he said. 

Evangelism must come back to The 
Brethren Church. True evangelism 
must lead to conversion. 

One of the greatest concerns of The 
Brethren Church is her lack of 
measurable growth. Brethren Church 
growth is possible — we cem overcome 
every obstacle that besets us. We must 

Rev. James R. Black: God has a plan 
for The Brethren Church, and each of us 
has special work to do. 

consider our purpose and be faithful to 

Rev. Black then considered the kind 
of "vessels" Paul talks about in 11 
Timothy 2:20-21. Each one of us is a 
unique vessel in the house of God, he 
said, and we have special work to do. 
A common vessel can be transformed 
into a vessel of honor. He then out- 

Friday Morning Service 

Rev. Kenneth Hunn, pastor of the 
Warsaw, Ind., First Brethren Church, 
was the speaker for the inspirational 
service on Friday morning of Confer- 

Rev. Hunn used Hebrews 3:1-6 as 
his text, noting that this passage in- 
cludes both elements of the Confer- 
ence theme: faith ("faithful") and fam- 
ily ("house"). 

He focused on three things that this 
passage calls upon us to do: (1) to con- 
sider Christ — look at Him, see who 
He is; (2) to compare Christ — com- 
pare and contrast Him with others 
(Moses), in order to better understand 
who He really is; (3) to continue in 

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fast to 


firm to 

the end. ■■'^^^■■■^■ijlillllliiit 
Christ — to hold fast to Him firm to 
the end and to be faithful, like Him, in 
all things. 

biblically, doctrinally, and theologi- 
cally, but without love, you will never 
grow." Christ commanded us to love, 
and through the Holy Spirit He gives 
us the ability to do so. Love is an 
action that must be expressed sacrifi- 
cially and responsibly. 

Dr. Ortlund concluded his final mes- 
sage by instructing his heeirers to 
begin showing love immediately by 
hugging five people and telling them, 
"I love you because . . . ." The outpour- 
ing of love among the Brethren which 
followed served as a fitting conclusion 
to the four challenging messages by 
Dr. Ortlund. 

— Rev. William Brady 

lined some of the work we can do as 
God's vessels. 

The Brethren Church needs pastors, 
missionaries, seminary professors, 
self-supporting tentmakers. Christian 
education workers, and those who 
have the means to support others. 
Rev. Black said. Therefore he chal- 
lenged us to become good "vessels" in 
God's service. We cannot be ashamed 
of Christ, the chiu-ch, or The Brethren 

— Rev. Spencer Gentle 

New Missionary Candidates 




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Tim and Janet Solomon are The 
Brethren Church's newest missionary 
candidates, according to an announce- 
ment made by the Missionary Board at 
General Conference. Tim and Jan are 
members of the First Brethren Church of 
Sarasota, where they serve in the His- 
panic congregation of that church. Jan is 
the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. JD. 
Hamel; her father is senior pastor of the 
Sarasota First Brethren Church. Tim is 
the son of Rev. and Mrs. Kenneth Sol- 
omon, former Brethren missionaries to 
Argentina and Colombia. Tim and Jan 
have one child, Lisa Joy (2). Date and 
place of assignment for the Solomons will 
be determined sometime during 1987. 


Special Conference Events 

BCE Celebration Dinner 

Conference attenders joined the 
Board of Christian Education in cele- 
brating its twentieth anniversary at a 
celebration banquet on Thursday af- 

Charles Beekley, Director of Chris- 
tian Education, emceed the event, 
which included music by the Summer 
Crusader music team Eternal Vision, 
vocal solos by Linda Ebert, and re- 
miniscences by the first Director of 
Christian Education, Dr. Fred Burkey. 

Former BCE staff members present 
for the banquet were give special rec- 
ognition. This included Mrs. Sherry 
Van Du3me, Rev. Ron and Mrs. Norma 
Waters, Dr. Fred Finks, Rev. Mark 
Baker, and Mrs. Julie Schiefer. Also 
recognized were current staff members 
Mitch Fimkhouser (National Youth 
Director), and Debra Michael (Ad- 
ministrative Secretary). 

The speaker for the banquet was 
Rev. Rod Toews, Minister of Education 
of the Peninsula Covenant Church of 
Redwood, Calif 

"Don't be satisfied to come to church 
school each week with the ordinary 
Sunday school program," Rev. Toews 
said, in speaking on "The Challenge 
for Christian Education Today and To- 

morrow." Society is changing, and the 
church must adapt to those changes. 

Among the changes he noted were 
greater affluence, an increase in the 
number of babies being bom, more 
empheisis on adults in Christian edu- 
cation, a greater degree of 
materiedism in the church, and ram- 
pant biblical ignorance. 

In order to meet the challenges of 
today and tomorrow, Rev. Toews 
called on The Brethren Church to 
reaffirm the person of Jesus Christ 
("Make Him so real in your life that 
you talk about Him to everyone who 
comes along."); to affirm anew the au- 
thority of Scriptures (and know the 

Rev. Rod Toews: Make Christ real in 
your life. 

Scriptures); to make the family cen- 
tral by forming family support groups 
and by incorporating singles into the 
family of God; and to be risk-takers as 
congregations, living on the edge of 

Missionary Board Luncheon 

Brethren missionary Rev. K. 
Prasanth Kumar was the speaker for 
the Missionary Board luncheon that 
concluded the 1986 Gieneral Confer- 
ence. Dr. Arden Gilmer, the new presi- 
dent of the Missionary Board, emceed 
the luncheon, and Mrs. Ella Mae 
Johnson of Santa Cruz, Calif, pre- 
sented special music. 

Using Joshua's declaration in 

Joshua 24:15 ("as for me £md my 
house, we will serve the Lord") £is his 
text. Rev. Kumar challenged his audi- 

Adah Drushal Honored 

Miss Adah Irene Drushal was hon- 
ored by the Missionary Board on Tues- 
day evening of Conference for her 
more than 40 years of service to God, 
Riverside Christian Training School, 
the Drushal Memorial Church, and 
the people of the Lost Creek, Ken- 
tucky, area. 

Daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Greorge 
E. Drushal, pioneer Brethren Home 
Missionaries to the Lost Creek area, 
Miss Drushal attended Riverside 
Christian Training School, which her 
parents founded in 1905. 

Following college in Philadelphia 
and Ashland, she returned to River- 
side to serve the school through the 
years as teacher, principal, member of 
the Board of Directors, and matron of 
the girls' dorm. She was also a teacher 
and pismist at the Drushal Memorial 
Church, a Bible teacher at the Fu- 
gates' Fork outpost, a piano teacher 
for the area, a Christian model for 
thousands of young people, and a 
friend to the people of the community. 

In recognition of Miss Drushal's ded- 
icated and loyal service, Rev. James 


Adah Drushal with the plaque she re- 
ceived from, the Missionary Board. 

R. Black, Executive Director of the 
Missionary Board, presented her a 
plaque, and the Conference delegates 
gave her a standing ovation. 

Speaker Rev. K. Prasanth Kumar and 
wife, Nirmala, at the Missionary Board 

ence to return to their homes with a 
similar determination to serve Jesus 

But he reminded his hearers that 
their are millions of people in the 
world who do not know about the Lord 
and who are therefore unable to make 
this kind of commitment. Therefore 
we should think not only about our 
homes, but also about other homes 
throughout the world. We should 
make it our family goal to do some- 
thing about those who do not know 
Christ, he said. 

Following his brief message. Rev. 
Kumar presented slides showing vari- 
ous facets of Brethren mission work in 

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General Conference Auxiliary Sessions 

National WMS Sessions 

"Are We Real?" asked WMS Presi- 
dent Donna Stoffer in her President's 
Challenge during the Tuesday WMS 
session. Referring to the children's 
book, The Velveteen Rabbit, in which 
toys become "real" to those who love 
them through much wear and tettr, 
Mrs. Stoffer asked the women to con- 
sider whether they have become "real" 
to others through the wear and tear of 
Christian service. 

The WMS Conference theme, 
"Faith: the Heart of the Family," was 
the focus of three devotions given by 
Mrs. Dolores Keplinger. Her topic 
Tuesday was F-A-I-T-H, using the ac- 
rostic, "Forsaking All I Take Him." 
On Wednesday she spoke on the 
meaning of faith, which she defined as 
"the ability to believe what we cannot 
see and live as though we can see it." 
On Thursday she asked, "What Is 
Family?" answering that Matthew 25 
gives the qualification for the Chris- 
tian family — namely, those in need, 
among whom she noted particularly 
widows, divorced women, unmarried 
mothers, and single women. 

A hilarious skit, "How to Kill a 
WMS Society," was presented by the 
Indiana District WMS dvuing the 
luncheon on Wednesday. Mrs. Dollie 

Zerbe played the lead role as a dead 
society that was mourned by those 
who had caused its demise through 
neglect and lack of concern. 
The Project Offering Ingathering 

sented special music for the Ivmcheon. 

The Ashland Theological Seminary 
library expansion w£is chosen as the 
1986-87 WMS project. Miss Vanda 
Funkhouser, an Ashlemd College stu- 
dent fi-om the Sarasota First Brethren 
Church, was selected to receive the 
WMS AC Scholarship. 

Reelected to office for 1986-87 were 
President Donna Stoffer, Vice-Presi- 
dent Helen Dickson, FinEincial Secre- 

As mourners for a dead WMS society weep, the deceased (right), portrayed by Mrs. 
Dollie Zerbe, rises up from her casket to make a few sarcastic remarks about the part 
they played in her demise. 

was also conducted during the lunch- 
eon, with $9,784.28 being received. 
The Ringers of Joy bell choir fi-om the 
Tucson First Brethren Chiu-ch ore- 

Laymen's Organization 

Dr. Charles Munson and Dr. John 
Shultz provided devotional messages 
for the National Laymen's Organiza- 
tion (NLO) sessions during General 

Dr. Munson, retired dean of Ash- 
land Theological Seminary, spoke of 
the need for workers in the Lord's har- 
vest fields in his Tuesday-afternoon 
message. He urged the lajrmen to en- 
courage young men and women to be- 
come ministers, and also chedlenged 
the men during the coming year to 
pray their churches full of laborers 
and full of compassion. 

Dr. John Shultz, the present dean of 
the seminary, spoke about doing 
things with a passion in his message 
on Wednesday eiftemoon. Using the 
Apostle Peter as an example, he said 
that Christians should do their work 
with a passion and be passionate in 
their love for the church, the home, 
their fellowmen, and most of all, for 

President Virgil Bamhart con- 

September 1986 

ducted the daily business sessions, for 
which 42 men registered. The men ap- 
proved the following projects for 1987: 
$500 to the Brethren Publishing Com- 
pany Endowment Fund, $1,000 to 
Brethren Seminary Student Scholar- 
ships, $40 to the Growth Partners 

Laymen, pastors, and boys shared a 
picnic on the Ashland Theological Semi- 
nary lawn at noon on Wednesday. 

tary Paula Deardurff, and Treasurer 
Dorothy Carpenter. Trudy Kemer was 
reappointed as general secretary and 
JoAnn Seaman as assistant treasurer. 
A total of 16 officers, 132 delegates, 
and 21 guests attended the WMS busi- 
ness sessions. 

Club, and unspecifiecd amounts for 
Riverside Christian Training School 
and Ashland College Campus Minis- 

The NLO traveling trophy was 
awarded to the Waterloo, Iowa, First 
Brethren Church. The 1986 goals were 
reaffirmed for 1987, with the provision 
that the NLO executive committee has 
the right to supplement these goals. 
An ingathering was held Wednesday 
and Thursday afternoons, with $1,795 

Elections resulted in the following 
officers for 1986-87: president-elect, 
Gene Geaslen; second vice-president. 
Bob Folckemer; secretary, Robert 
Crowe; assistant secretary, Floyd Ben- 
shoff; treasurer, Charles King; and as- 
sistant treasurer, Robert Miller. Steve 
Williams, last year's first vice-presi- 
dent (president-elect), is the organiza- 
tion's new president. Allen Hayden, a 
Brethren seminary student, brought a 
message on Thursday afternoon and 
installed the officers. 


Brethren Youth Convention 

BYC Convention Highlights 

By Mitchell Funkhouser, National Brethren Youth Director 

We knew the 1986 BYC Convention 
was well-attended. Pre-registrations 
were up, and there are always a 
number of last-minute walk-ins. 

The large attendance was well-illus- 
trated during the annual Youth 
March, led by Youth Moderator Mark 
Robison. As the youth entered the 
Monday evening worship service, they 
found that they outnumbered the 
chairs that had been allotted for them. 
But thanks to quick-thinking ushers 
and cooperative youth, the problem 
was quickly solved and the worship 
service continued. 

Later that evening the youth were 
transported to the Ashland Roller 
Rink, where they skated to the best in 
contemporary Christian music. 

On Tuesday morning, after listening 
to the adult and youth moderators' ad- 
dresses, the youth held the first of 
their three business meetings. 

Tuesday afternoon was devoted to 
the famous Crusader Review and the 
brand new Crusader Orientation. This 
orientation was a time developed to 
enable youth to get a first-hEind look 
at the behind-the-scenes life of a 
Crusader. They were able to talk with 
both current and past Crusaders, as 
well as with Crusader coaches and ad- 

Also available on Tuesday afternoon 
was a Peace Slide Show, presented in 
an effort to inform youth concerning 
world issues affecting them. 

Tuesday evening was capped off (fol- 
lowing the worship service) with the 
fourth annual BYC Showcase. Once 
again the Showcase proved to be en- 
tertaining while demonstrating the 
manifold gifts £ind talents that God 
has showered upon the Brethren. 

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 

Business Session Notes 

The Carmel, Ind., Brethren Church 
was chosen sis the national youth proj- 
ect for 1987. This Brethren Home Mis- 
sion church will use the funds raised by 
the youth to increase its visibility in the 
Carmel area. 

New BYC officers are: moderator — 
Mike Evans, from Lathrop, Calif.; vice- 
moderator — Rick Hubble from Lath- 
rop, secretEiry — Jean Moe, from 
Sarasota, Fla.; assistant secretary — 
Vanda Funkhouser, from Sarsisota, 
Fla.; treasurer — Jenny Willisuns, from 
Roanoke, Ind.; and statisticicm — Glenn 
Black, from Ashland, Ohio. 

mornings each began with a chapiel 
service. Speakers for these services 
were pastors David Stone, Kerry 
Scott, and Scott Turskey. 

Wednesday was also a day devoted 
to workshops. These workshops cen- 
tered on the Convention theme, being 
"Trendsetters" in every aspect of our 
lives. Leaders were pastors Terry 
Lodico, Dennis Wilson, and Ken Goss. 

Something new this year was the 
Moderator's Cup Award. This is an 
award designed to encourage fi-iendly 
competition among the youth groups. 
This year's cup, presented by Vice- 
Moderator Mike Evans, went to the 
youth of the Sarasota First Brethren 

BYC Moderator Mark Robison (top) led the Youth March into the Monday evening 
worship service. As the youth began filling the rows (above), they found that they out- 
numbered the chairs allotted for them. 


Wednesday's activities came to a 
close with a rousing presentation of 
the Christian musical comedy, "The 
Agape Boat," by the Park Street 

Thursday was another day of busi- 

ness and workshops. The day con- 
cluded with BYC Communion, led by 
Pastor Bob Dillard. As always, this 
was the spiritual highlight of the 
week, as well as a perfect way for the 
youth to spend their last evening in 

In addition to the Youth 
Convention, daily sessions 
were held for juniors, di- 
rected by Bev Smith, and 
for young children (r.), di- 
rected by Sherry Fabian. 
Twenty juniors and 25 
younger children attended 
these sessions. 


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Rev. William Kerner to Retire 
As Dir. of Pastoral Ministries 

Ashland, Ohio - It was announced at 
General Conference that Rev. Wilham 
Kerner has resigned his position as 
Director of Pastoral Ministries, effec- 
tive March 31, 1987. Rev. Kerner sub- 
mitted his resignation to the General 
Conference Executive Council during 
Conference week, and Moderator Weir- 
ren Gamer made the announcement 
at the close of the Friday business 

Rev. Kerner, 68, has served as 
Director of Pastoral Ministries (DPM) 
since September 1980. He 

was the first person to fill this posi- 
tion, which was created by the 1979 
General Conference. 

Before becoming DPM he had pas- 
tored the Meadow Crest Brethren 
Church for one and one-half years and 
the Roann First Brethren Church for 
eight years £md had also served as a 
lay and student pastor. Prior to this he 
had worked for 23 years in the au- 
tomotive parts business with positions 
as manager, buyer, and vice-president. 
It was while engaged in this business 
that he felt a call to the pastoral 

Get Off Shelf, Be Willing to Change, 
Delegates to Penna. Conference Told 

Meyersdale, Pa — Messages by Mod- 
erator-Elect Robert Hoffman and Mod- 
erator Gerald Barr led off the Pennsyl- 
vania District Conference, held July 
24-26 at Camp Peniel. 

Speaking on the subject "Salt and 
Light," Moderator-Elect Hoffman 
challenged his heeu-ers to get off the 
shelf, meet others, and influence them 
for Christ. He also said that Chris- 
tians should reflect Christ's light and 
be beacons to others. 

Moderator Barr spoke on the impor- 
temce of change, noting that progress 
only comes when change occurs. The 
church must change in order to meet 
the world's needs, he said. 

Other features of the conference in- 
cluded a musical program by members 
of the Hagerstown, Md., First Breth- 
ren Church; two messages on "Faith 
and Family" by Rev. William Kerner; 
an inspirational program presented by 
the District Lajrmen's Organization 
with music and testimony by Jack 
Shaw; an outdoor concert by Tom 
Watt; a message on Brethren work in 
Argentina by Missionary Bill Winter; 
£md a message by General Conference 
Moderator Warren Gamer. 

In the business sessions, constitu- 
tional amendments that would have 
permitted local churches to receive 
into membership people who have 
been previously baptized by 'l)elievers' 
immersion" (but not necessarily triune 
immersion) failed to receive the two- 
thirds majority needed to pass. 

Constitutional amendments were 
approved that will create a Camp Ad- 
ministration Ministries Program 

September 1986 

Board (C.A.M.P. Board) to replace the 
District Camp Board of Trustees Euid 
to take over the camp programming 
function of the District Board of Chris- 
tian Education. 

In addition to acting on the above, 
the 97 delegates at the conference 
elected officers and board and commit- 
tee members, received reports, and 
cared for other district business. 


Rev. Kerner plans to semi-retire 
next March, but expects to continue to 
serve the church in other capacities on 
a part-time basis. 

The General Conference Executive 
Council is now taking applications for 
Rev. Kemer's replacement as Director 
of Pastoral Ministries. Responsibilities 
of the position include encouraging a 
supportive network of care for Breth- 
ren pastors, providing an orderly plan 
for pastoral placement in Brethren 
churches, meeting annually with pas- 
tors, attending district conferences, 
planning regional pastoral consulta- 
tions, chairing the National Ordina- 
tion Council, and cooperating with the 
Ministerial Recruitment Committee, 
Ashland Theological Seminary, and 
the Missionary Board. Applications 
should be sent to the national office to 
the attention of Sterling Ward. 

Elections resulted in the following 
officers: moderator-elect, Rev. Keith 
Hensley; secreteiry, Nancy Grumbling; 
assistant secretary, Dordi John; treas- 
urer, Dolores Golby; assisteuit treas- 
urer, Norman Gnmabling, Jr.; and 
statistician. Curt Hamel. Rev. Robert 
Hoffman is the new moderator. 

Next year's conference was set for 
July 23-25 at Camp Peniel. 

Nappanee Pays Tribute to 
Choir Director of 22 Years 

Nappanee, Ind. — The Nappanee 
First Brethren Church paid tribute to 
Mrs. Mary Crowe on Sunday evening, 
April 27, for her 22 years as director of 
the congregation's choir. 

The surprise show of appreciation 
came at the conclusion of a cantata 
presentation by the Nappanee choir 
under Mrs. Crowe's direction. When 
the audience finished applauding the 
cantata, Senior Pastor Alvin Shiffiett 
called Mrs. Crowe to the front of the 
sanctuary, where he reviewed her 
years of service to the congregation 
and to the choir. He also presented to 
her on behalf of the church, a corsage, 
a plaque, and a gift of $100. 

Mrs. Crowe, the former Mary 
Slabaugh, attended Ashland College, 
where she majored in voice and mi- 
nored in piano and English. She re- 
ceived a Bachelor of Music degree 
from the college in 1956, then later 
married Robert Crowe, also an alum- 
nus of the college. 

For 13 years Mrs. Crowe taught 

Choir director Mary Crowe receives 
plaque from Pastor Alvin Shiffiett. 

elementary music in the Bremen, Ind., 
school system. She also continued her 
own education in music at Valparaiso 
University, from which she received a 
Master of Education in Music degree 
in 1973. 

In addition to directing the choir, 
Mrs. Crowe has served the Nappanee 
congregation as a deaconess for 15 
years. And beyond the local level, she 
served the denomination as vice-presi- 
dent of the National Woman's Missio- 
nary Society fi-om 1974 to 1978. 






Jay and Donna Hagerich were or- 
dained deacon and deaconess June 1 
in the Vinco Brethren Church. Rev. 
Robert Hoffman was the guest speaker 
for the ordination service. 

Dwight D. Zent was honored June 
15 by the Roanoke, Ind., First Breth- 
ren Church, when the congregation 
dedicated new Christian and United 
States flags in his memory. Mr. Zent, 
a longtime member of the Roanoke 
Church, died November 28, 1985. 

Neil and Diane Olson were or- 
dained deacon and deaconess during 
the worship service July 20 at the 
First Brethren Church at Milford, Ind. 
Rev. Kerry Scott, associate pastor of 
the Jefferson Brethren Church, 



in Christian Education 

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of the 

National Association of Evangelicals 

University Hilton Inn 

Columbus, Ohio 

November 10-12, 1986 

Plenary Speakers 

Tbd Ward Jill Briscoe 

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was the guest speaker for the service. 

Attendance was 97 for the annual 
Ladies' Night Celebration July 8 
sponsored by the Lajrmen's Organi- 
zation of the Vinco, Pa., Brethren 
Church. The men invited their wives 
or girlfriends and the widows of the 
church for £in evening of entertain- 
ment and a meal prepared by the men. 

In Memory 

Lola E. Leffel, 91, July 29. Member of the 
First Brethren Church of North Manches- 
ter. Services by Archie Kevins, pastor. 
William Bozarth, 77, July 23. Member for 
29 years of the Brethren Church in New 
Lebanon. Services by Robert Dillard, pas- 

Mrs. Millicent Allison, 83, July 19. Mem- 
ber and deaconess of the Milledgeville 
Brethren Church. Services by Brad Har- 
desty, pastor. Mrs. Allison was the mother 
of Brethren elder Dr. Richard Allison, a 
professor at Ashland Theological Semi- 

Helen Merrie Allen, 84, July 16. Member 
since 1957 of the Newark Brethren 
Church. Services by Rev. Chester Sidle. 
Jean Piatt, 76, July 10. Member of the 
Vinco Brethren Church. Services by Carl 
Phillips, pastor. 

Russell Hildebrand, 79, July 6. Member 
of the Vinco Brethren Church. Services by 
Ceu-1 Phillips, pastor. 

Alice Roadarmer, 84, June 27. Member of 
the Mulvane Brethren Church. Services by 
Reilly Smith, pastor. 

Terri Lee Straka, 20, June 27. Member of 
the First Brethren Church of North Man- 
chester. Services by Archie Nevins, pastor, 
and Woodrow Inunel. 

Ida D. Goldsberry, 91, June 19. Member 
of the First Brethren Church of Falls City. 
Services by James Thomas, pastor. 
Lyle Neeley, 68, June 18. Member of the 
Vinco Brethren Church. Services by Carl 
Phillips, pastor. 

Roland L. Dibble, 74, June 17. Member of 
the First Brethren Church of Rosmoke. 
Services by August Hacker, pastor, and 
Rev. James Bockman. 
Rena Mae Humke, 93, June 12. Member 
since 1927 and deaconess of the First 
Brethren Church of Roanoke. Services by 
August Hacker, pastor, Mrs. Humke was 
the oldest member of the Roanoke First 
Brethren Church at the time of her death. 
Before transferring her membership to the 
Roanoke church in 1927, she was a mem- 
ber of the First Brethren Church of North 

Paul Verne Cummings, 82, June 9. Mem- 
ber for 58 years of the Fort Scott Brethren 
Church. Services by Jim Koontz, pastor. 
Arthur Behrens, June 8. Member of the 
Milledgeville Brethren Church. Services by 
Brad Hardesty, pastor. 
Harry Hildebrand, 88, June 7. Member of 
the Vinco Brethren Church. Services by 
Carl Phillips, pastor. 

Mrs. Dorothy Fudge Brubaker, 86, June 
6. Member for 71 years and clerk for many 
years of the First Brethren Church of 
Gratis. Services by Darrell Crissman, pas- 

Mrs. Edna Wilkin, 93, May 23. Member 
and deaconess of the First Brethren 
Church of Lanark. Services by David Cook- 
sey, pastor. At the time of her death, Mrs. 
Wilkin had been a member of the Lanark 
Church longer than anyone else in the con- 


Harold and Helen Moser, 50th, August 
12. Members of the First Brethren Church 
of Waterloo. 

Harry and Elsie Meyers, 50th, July 6. 
Mr. Meyers a member of the Berlin Breth- 
ren Church. 

Rouland and Winifred Detter, 50th, 
June 30. Members of the First Brethren 
Church of Pleasant Hill. 
Elmer and Anna Pfeiffer, 60th, June 22. 
Members of the Fremont Brethren Church. 


Penny Pate to Dwayne Williams, August 
9, in Kokomo, Ind. Groom a member of the 
Bitflington First Brethren Church. 
Louisa Crum to John Himt, August 2, at 
the First Brethren Church of Burlington; 
Ronald L. Waters, pastor, officiating. Bride 
a member of the Burlington First Brethren 

Janean Mishler to Kevin Watson, Au- 
gust 2, at the First Brethren Church of 
North Msmchester; Archie Nevins, pastor, 
officiating. Bride a member of the North 
Mainchester First Brethren Church. 
Barbara Ryder to Vincent Aquino, July 
12, at the First Brethren Church of Pleas- 
ant Hill; Rev. Bill Kallen, uncle of the 
bride, officiating. Bride a member of the 
Pleasant Hill First Brethren Church. 
Ginger Elaine Button to Michael Ray 
Hueston, June 21, at the Fort Scott Breth- 
ren Church; Jim Koontz, pastor, officiat- 
ing. Bride a member of the Fort Scott 
Brethren Church. 

Sheila Staub to Ronald Renz, June 21, 
at the First Brethren Church of North Lib- 
erty; Don Snell, pastor, officiating. Groom 
a member of the North Liberty First Breth- 
ren Church. 

Teresa Dodson to Michael Lewis, May 
31, at the Sarver Brethren Church; Gerald 
Barr, pastor, officiating. Bride a member of 
the Seirver Brethren Church. 

Membership Growth 

Gratis: 2 by transfer 

Teegarden: 1 by transfer 

Wayne Heights: 3 by baptism 

Flora: 5 by baptism, 4 by transfer 

Vinco: 8 by baptism, 2 by transfer 

Valley: 3 by baptism, 2 by trjmsfer 

Sarasota: 11 by baptism, 1 by transfer 

Milledgeville: 4 by baptism, 2 by transfer 

Louisville Bible: 4 by baptism, 4 by trans. 


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Little Crusader 

Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not liinder 
them; (or to such i>eIongs the Idngdom of heaven" (Matt. 19:14). 


Parents and teachers give good advice to children because they love them and 
want to help them. The Bible also gives good advice. Look up the following Scrip- 
ture verses, then match the advice in the right-hand column with the proper verse 
and put the correct letter on the line next to it. The advice in these verses will help 
you as you go to school this fall. 


Psalm 37:8 

Revelation 2:10. 

Hebrews 13:5 

Matthew 18:3 

Mark 1:15 

I John 1 :7 

Ephesians 4:32 
Romans 12:10 _ 
Ephesians 6:1 _ 
Proverbs 3:5 

A. Be content. 

B. Be devoted to one another. 

C. Trust in the Lord. 

D. Don't be angry. 

E. Walk in the light. 

F. Don't be afraid. 

G. Obey your parents. 
H. Be kind. 
I. Be converted. 
J. Repent. 

Something For Your Teacher 

Follow the clues to draw a picture. Each clue has a number and a letter. Find 
the line with the number and the line with the letter, then put a dot where the two 
lines come together. Connect the dots in the order given. Then color the picture to 
make something special for your teacher. 





































































1 23456789 1011 

Use a mirror to help you read the 
verse at the right. Copy it correctly on 
the line below. Say it every day before 
you go to school. 

fidfidt ;boO ^m 9is uoY 
•Iliw luo^ ob ot 9ffi 

September 1986 


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New Worship Facility of the 
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Developing a Global Vision 

Why Does God Allow Violence? 

I OFTEN THINK of the girl who 
told me that none of her college 
friends believed in God anymore. 
Asked why, her face turned dark. "If 
God exists, then why is He permit- 
ting such terrible things to happen?" 
she said. 

She meant the terrorist killings 
and violence racking Peru. But "ter- 
rible things" are happening world- 
wide, from Northern Ireland to 
South Africa, from Colombia to Iran. 

Thousands of people worldwide 
must be asking my friend's question. 
And we Christians, who are develop- 
ing a global vision, must be pre- 
pared to answer that question. 

False assumptions 

To do so, let's first look at false as- 
sumptions about violence and suffer- 
ing. Out of the most common of 
these is that God doesn't care. 

Scripture, however, reveals the 
opposite. Rarely do we think of God 
in terms of hate, but that's exactly 
how He feels about violence. "The 
Lord examines the righteous, but 
the wicked and those who love vio- 
lence, his soul hates," says David in 
Psalm 11:5.* The prophet Malachi 
quotes God Himself saying, "I hate a 
man's covering himself with vio- 
lence ..." (2:16). 

In fact, God so despises violence 
that He once destroyed mankind be- 
cause of it. "I am going to put an end 
to all people, for the earth is filled 
with violence because of them," God 
told Noah. 

That leads us to a second mis- 

*Quotations from the Bible are from the 
New International Version. 

conception. This one blames God for 
the violence. He allows it, so it must 
be His fault. 

But the Bible says, "God cannot be 
tempted by evil, nor does he tempt 
anyone; . . ." (Jas. 1:13). In the same 
book, James traces the roots of vio- 
lence to man's sin — his lust, pride, 
and ambition. Fights and quarrels 
result when men "want something 
but don't get it. You kill and covet, 
but you cannot have what you want" 

The real tempter 

Indeed, the real tempter is Satan. 
Christ called Satan by his name," a 
murderer from the beginning." Have 
you ever considered how truly evil 
Satan is, and that he must want ter- 
rorist slaughters, genocide, rape, 
and exploitation? 

This brings up a final misconcep- 
tion: That God is weak and can't 
stop the Satanic violence. Again, we 
know from Scripture that God al- 
ways has control of the situation. He 
created Satan. Violence occurs, not 
by accident, but because our loving 
God deliberately gave man free will. 

Now this is the interesting part — 
a mystery almost. Even though God 
hates violence. He somehow "uses" 
it to fulfill His purposes. 

The supreme example of this is 
Christ's death on the cross. Violence 
claimed Christ's life, but He permit- 
ted it for our salvation. Christ 
"made a public spectacle" of Satan's 
forces, "triumphing over them by 
the cross" (Col. 2:15). 

In addition, God sometimes per- 
mits violence in order to correct His 

children and get us back on the 
straight path (see Dan. 9:13 and Isa. 
9:13). He may also use it to 
strengthen His church, as He did the 
church in Thessalonica, for instance. 
God has even used violence for 
missionary purposes. Think of the 
first century church, when violent 
persecution forced believers to scat- 
ter. They "preached the word wher- 
ever they went" (Acts 8:4). 

Victory out of violence 

God has even brought victory fi-om 
the most despicable violence of 
recent times: Pol Pot's genocide in 
Cambodia and the Soviet Union's in- 
vasion of Afghanistan, for instance. 

Neither country had much of an 
evangelical church before the vio- 
lence set in. (Cambodia had roughly 
7,000 evangelicals.) Then hundreds 
of thousands fled to refugee camps 
in Thailand and Pakistan respec- 
tively. There, missionaries report in- 
credible new openness to the gospel, 
with more conversions than were 
ever reported in those nations dur- 
ing peacetime. 

Having recognized that, we Chris- 
tians must be careful not to fatalisti- 
cally accept violence. Some say, 
"Doesn't Scripture foretell wars and 
rumors of wars and doesn't it say 
that bad men will only get worse?" 
Then on that basis they ignore the 
human suffering all around them. 

In Peru, one denomination refused 
to protest killings of and human 
rights violations against its own 
members, since to them that would 
be akin to questioning God and chal- 
lenging His will. 

I see that view as escapism. It ig- 
nors Christ's command to love our 
neighbor, and it forgets that God 
hates evil and expects the same of 
us. "Let those who love the Lord 
hate evil . . . ," Psalm 97:10 tell us. 
And Christ says, "Blessed are the 
peacemakers, for they will be called 
sons of God" (Matt. 5:9). 

After reading another day's worth 
of gory headlines, I sometimes won- 
der if God doesn't repent His prom- 
ise to Noah not to flood us out again. 

But then, God is patient, not 
wanting any to perish — not the ter- 
rorists, nor repressive soldiers, nor 
the family next door. And Christ 
won't return until all nations have 
heard. I guess that's where we come 
in. [t] 

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October 1986 
Volume 108, Number 9 

The Brethren Evangelist 

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Children's Page 

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A Hunger for Truth by Robert Westfall 

When Paul and Barnabas went to Pisidian Antioch, they dis- 
covered a hunger that is still present in the world today. 

The Woman's Missionary Society: Looking to Its Centennial 
Celebration by Julia Flora 

An overview of the past of the Woman's Missionary Society 
to enlarge our vision for the future. 

Triads of Love by Warren K. Garner 

Explanation of a plan to encourage increased awareness and 

closer fellowship among Brethren congregations. 

Ashland College 

Van Auken and 10 

Ministry Pages: 

Partnership in Excellence by Richard A 

Joseph R. Shultz 

Joyce Lamb: Finding Success at AC by Steve Hannan 

The Vision of Campus Ministry by Jim Menninger 


Departmen ts 

Developing a Global Vision 2 
by John Maust 

Readers' Foriun 9 

Cartoon 9 

Update 15 

From the Grape Vine 22 

Little Crusader Page 23 

by Alberta Holsinger 


The new worship facility of the First Brethren Church of South Bend was 
dedicated on Sunday afternoon, August 17. Photographs by Ken Tyson. Cover 
design by J. Howard Mack. 

New Children's Page Contributor. We welcome to the Evangelist this 
month a new contributor — Mrs. Alberta Holsinger — who will be doing the 
"Little Crusader Page" each issue. Mrs. Holsinger lives in Ashland and is a 
member of the Park Street Brethren Church. She is a retired elementary 
school teacher who continues to tutor students in her home. In addition to her 
public school teaching, Mrs. Holsinger has three grown children and two 
grandchildren, so she has had much experience living and working with chil- 

Answers to Little Crusader Page: Matching Meanings — 1. c; 2. a; 3. 

b; 4. f; 5. d; 6. g; 7. e. The Twenty-Third Psalm — "God loves and cares for 

October 1986 

Evangelistic Encounters in the Book of Acts 

A scene from the Avco Embassy Pictures film Bom Again, based on events in the life of Chuck 
Colson, starring Dean Jones (center). The scene depicts a Bible study in prison, a place where Chris- 
tian workers have discovered a real "Hunger for Truth." 

A Hunger for Truth 

FAMINE! This is a word that has 
been on everyone's mind during 
the last several years, as we have 
become increasingly aware of 
famine around the world, and par- 
ticularly in Ethiopia. Famines exist 
due to a lack of food or to an inabil- 
ity to get food to the hungry. 

In Acts 13:13-52 we encounter a 
famine. This famine, however, was 
not for food, but for truth. This same 
hunger exists today, and it is just as 
real and even more widespread than 
physical hunger. Our spiritual 
famine today is not due to a lack of 
truth, but is caused by the truth not 
getting to those who are spiritually 

In the passage we are considering. 

Rev. Westfall is pastor of the First 
Brethren Church of Pleasant Hill, Ohio. 

Paul and Barnabas traveled to Pi- 
sidian Antioch and preached the 
gospel. The people responded with 
receptive hearts, just as a hungry 
beggar receives a morsel of food. 

The Book of Acts is commonly out- 
lined according to Acts 1:8: "But you 
shall receive power when the Holy 
Spirit has come upon you; and you 
shall be My witnesses both in 
Jerusalem, and in all Judea and 
Samaria, and even to the remotest 
part of the earth."* Acts 1:1 — 8:3 re- 
cords the proclamation of the gospel 
in Jerusalem; Acts 8:4 — 12:25 tells 
how the Good News was spread 
throughout Judea and Samaria; and 
Acts 13:1—28:31 reports how God's 
word was preached to the remotest 
part of the then known world. 

* Scripture quotations are from the New 
American Standard Bible. 

By Robert Westfall 

Acts chapters 13 and 14 record the 
first missionary journey of Paul and 
Barnabas. This marks the beginning 
of worldwide outreach by the 
church. Prior to this missionary 
journey, the gospel was spread by 
the spontaneous method: that is, all 
Christians witnessed by actions and 
words right where they lived. While 
spontaneous evangelism continued, 
God in His sovereignty began to use 
a second method, planned strategy: 
that is, chosen Christians were sent 
out to specific areas of the world to 
make disciples. The chiu-ch today, as 
always, needs both methods. Either 
one without the other makes us 

The passage we will examine is 
Acts 13:13-52. We will deal with 
three items: (1) an overview of the 
mission of Paul and Barnabas at 

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Pisidian Antioch; (2) a look at their 
method of evangelism; and (3) an ob- 
servation of Paul's message. 

Their Mission 

Acts 13:13-52 can be divided into 
two parts: Paul's sermon (w. 13-41) 
and the people's reaction (w. 42-52). 

Paul's Sermon (13:13-41.) From 
Cyprus, Paul, Barnabas, and John 
Mark sailed to Perga, where John 
Mark left the group and returned to 
Jerusalem. We do not know why he 
left. But we do know that he was 
committed to worldwide evangelism. 
We should realize that not every 
Christian who is committed to mis- 
sions will support our vision or pur- 
sue our task. 

From Perga, Paul and Barnabas 
traveled north to Pisidian Antioch. 
On the Sabbath day they went to the 
synagogue. When they were invited 
to speak to the people, Paul stood up 
and preached the gospel. This is one 
of four sermons by Paul recorded in 
the Book of Acts. 

The People's Reaction (13:42- 
52). As Paul and Barnabas left the 
synagogue, the worshipers asked 
them to come back the following 
Saturday and repeat their Good 
News. In addition, many people fol- 
lowed the two missionaries. Paul 
and Barnabas urged these followers 
to continue in the grace of (jod. On 
the next Sabbath day, Paul and Bar- 
nabas returned to the synagogue 
and nearly the whole city turned out 
to hear the words that could feed 
their starving hearts. 

"This famine was not for 
food, but for truth. This 
same hunger exists today, 
and it is just as real and 
even more widespread 
than physical hunger." 

But not everyone was pleased 
with the public acclaim given Paul 
and Barnabas. The Jewish leaders 
observed their popularity and were 
jealous. They verbally attacked the 
missionaries by contradicting them 
and by blaspheming. Paul and Bar- 
nabas confidently told the Jewish 
leaders, "Since you reject the gospel, 
we will turn to the Gentiles." As a 
result of their ministry to the Gen- 
tiles, the gospel was spread through- 
out the region. 

Angered even more by this, the 
Jewish leaders rallied the support of 
the leaders of the city. The result 
was persecution of Paul and Bar- 
nabas and their removal from the 
city. Even though the majority of 
the people were on the missionaries' 
side, the government leaders had 
the power to stop their activity. 
Today we should pray for govern- 
ment leaders that they will allow 
freedom for missionary activity. 

The passage concludes with these 
words, "And the disciples were con- 
tinually filled with joy and with the 
Holy Spirit." Whenever the gospel is 
preached and people receive Christ 
as Savior, there is joy. You cannot 
have one without the other. This joy 
is one X)f the themes of the Book of 
Acts (cf 5:41; 8:8; 11:23; 12:14; 
13:48; 15:3; 16:34). 

Their Method 

The way Paul and Barnabas 
ministered in Pisidian Antioch can 
teach us many things about how we 
should witness. Here are four of 

1. We are to use every available 
opportunity to present the gospel. 
Every time Paul went to a city 
where there was a synogogue, he 
started his evangelistic activity 
there. Why? For several reasons, but 
the one that applies to us is that it 
was the custom of the synagogue of- 
ficials to give visiting rabbis an op- 
portunity to speak. Paul knew that 
he could present the gospel there 
just by showing up. He did not have 
to advertise, nor did he have to rent 
a facility to meet in. He used what 
was already available. Paul wrote, 
"Conduct yourselves with wisdom 
toward outsiders, making the most 
of the opportunity" (Col. 4:5). 

2. We are to be prepared to share 
the gospel. This has already been 
well-emphasized in an earlier article 
in this series. When Paul was asked 
to speak, he did not hesitate to stand 
and proclaim the Grood News. 

3. We should wait for proper op- 
portunities to share the gospel. Paul 
and Barnabas could have stormed 
into the synagogue screaming, 
"Turn or burn!" But they didn't. 
They waited until they were invited 
to speak, accepting the courtesy of 
the officials. How many times have 
you heard of a Christian doing 
poorly at his job because he did his 

talking about Jesus during company 
time? How many times do we try to 
cram the gospel down some poor sin- 
ner's throat before we even get to 
know the person? 

4. We are to seek out receptive 
hearts for the gospel. When the 
Jewish leaders rejected Paul and his 
message, he turned to those who 
wanted to hear. Many times we 
waste precious time arguing religion 
with a person who has a hard- 
ened heart. Pray that Grod will make 
us sensitive to those who are recep- 
tive and will lead us to those who 
want to hear. 

Paul's Message 

Paul's message in Acts 13:16-41 
can be divided into three sections: 
(1) the anticipation of and prepara- 
tion for the coming of the Messiah 
(w. 16-25); (2) the rejection, 
crucifixion, and restirrection of the 
Lord Jesus Christ (w. 26-37); and 
(3) the application and appeal (w. 

Here are two applications from 
Paul's message for us: 

1. Our audience determines our 
approach with the message. Paul's 
message was addressed mainly to 
devout Jews who knew the Old Tes- 
tament well. Therefore, he began 
where they were in their biblical 
knowledge and presented the gospel. 
This explains why he gives a brief 
history of Israel and quotes several 
times fi-om the Old Testament. In 
Acts 17:22-31 where Paul addresses 
(jrentiles in Athens, he uses a totally 
different approach. He doesn't give a 
history of Israel nor does he quote 
one Old Testament passage. He 
started where they were and 
brought them to the gospel. 

2. Christ is to be the central 
focus of our message. Paul gave a 
brief history of Israel not because he 
wanted the Jews to know how smart 
he was. He did so to demonstrate 
how everjrthing in the past led up to 
the coming of the Messiah. Paul de- 
clared, "And we proclaim Him, ad- 
monishing every man and teaching 
every man with all wisdom, that we 
may present every man complete in 
Christ" (Col. 1:28). 

The people at Pisidian Antioch, 
like most people today, were hungry 
to hear the truth. May we who 
are well-fed feed those who are 
stEirving. [t] 

October 1986 


Looking To Its 
Centennial Celebration 

By Julia Flora 

THE National Woman's Mission- 
ary Society will be one hundred 
years old at next General Confer- 

In 1887, four years after our 
Brethren Church was organized, 
General Conference passed a resolu- 
tion to encourage the women in 
their activities. These are the exact 
words: "that the sisters of the Breth- 
ren Church should have a voice and 
encouragement in every good work 
in our beloved brotherhood." So the 
women formed a group and named it 
the Sisters' Society of Christian En- 
deavor (S.S.C.E.). In the beginning 
the goals of this society were to raise 
money for sending an evangelist 
among the churches and to give fi- 
nancial aid to the theological chair 
(or department) of Ashland College. 

First president 

The first president of the new or- 
ganization was Rev. Mary Sterling 
of Masontown, Pennsylvania. She 
served as president for five years 
and led the S.S.C.E. to growth; 15 
societies were organized the first 

In 1894 Laura Grossnickle became 
president and the first elected na- 
tional organizer. She started 39 new 
groups in six months. She traveled 
extensively, organizing and super- 
vising new societies, as well as writ- 
ing articles and reports for The 
Brethren Evangelist. 

In 1897, ten years after the 
women organized, the Conference 

Mrs. Flora, a member of the Ashland 
Park Street Brethren Church and part- 
time library assistant at Ashland 
Theological Seminary, is serving as His- 
torian for the National W.M.S. 

minutes read as follows: "One of the 
most interesting sessions of the 1897 
conference was the sisters' session. 

The report of the sisters' work is 
most encouraging. They have sup- 
ported the Theological Chair in the 
College for two years and besides, 
have a handsome sum of money in 
hand for Missions, Orphans' Home, 
and several other purposes. Laura 
Grossnickle, president, solicited 
names [and] with her own hand, in- 
scribed them on a quilt. These at the 
small sum of 10 cents each, netted 
about $275.00." 
At this time (1897), the S.S.C.E. 

had 88 local societies and a member- 
ship of two thousand. The organiza- 
tion was said to be "a power for good 
in both the local churches and the 
brotherhood at large. It developed 
talent and imcovered hidden re- 

Vianna Detwiler 

An outstanding early home mis- 
sionary who became president in 
1899 was Vianna Detwiler. At one 
time she went to Washington, D.C., 
to assist in the misssion work there 
without a dollar of salary. Next she 
served in a Chicago mission, and 
after that she started a new congre- 
gation at Spokane, Washington. One 
of her evangelistic campaigns re- 
sulted in over 50 converts. 

"TAe organization was 
said to be 'a power 
for good in both the 
local churches and the 
brotherhood at large. 
It developed talent 
and uncovered hidden 
resources. ' " 

Recently, in research work, I came 
across an article by Vianna Det- 
wiler in The Brethren Evangel- 
ist of January 3, 1901. At the begin- 
ning of a new century she looked at 
the past and future of the women's 
work. She wrote: 

We can only judge the future by 
past achievements, which are al- 
ways prophetic of future pos- 
sibilities — the history of what 
woman has accomplished enables 

(continued on page 9) 

The Brethren Evangeust 


AT the 1986 General Conference, 
the delegate body supported my 
recommendation to establish Triads 
of Love of Congregations of The 
Brethren Church. I based this rec- 
ommendation on the premise that 
through such triads, Brethren 
churches would increase their 
awareness of the activities of neigh- 
boring Brethren congregations and 
become better acquainted with the 
members of those congregations. 

The only time many of us see each 
other is during General Conference. 
But these contacts prompt conversa- 
tions that center on the actions of 
Conference and not on the more per- 
sonal activities of individual congre- 
gations. I hope that through these 

Dr. Garner is Moderator of General 


By Warren K. Garner 

triads a nurturing of congregations 
can take place. 

The triads would consist of three, 
or in some cases another number, of 
congregations within reasonable dis- 
tance of one another. Congregations 
A, B, and C would form the triad of 
love. Congregation A would interact 
with B, B with C, and C with A. Or 
there might be a joint meeting of all 

The nature of these interactions 
would be limited only by the imagi- 
nation of the persons involved in the 
planning. They could include pulpit 
exchanges, trading special music, es- 
tablishing prayer partners, joint 
youth activities, or any of a number 
of other activites. 

These interactions need not be fre- 
quent — once a quarter might be a 
reasonable schedule. 

There has been a real need to in- 
crease our awareness of one another 
within our denomination. On the 
other hand, these interactions need 
not be limited to Brethren. 

In order for churches to carry out 
this recommendation, copies of a list 
of Triads of Love of Congregations 
were distributed at General Confer- 
ence. That list is being reprinted 
here to make it available to all. 

I made no attempt to state specifi- 
cally how each congregation should 
carry out this recommendation. That 
is left to the creativity and initiative 
of the congregations. 

When two or more congregations 
within a triad have completed an ac- 
tivity, I hope that a report of this ac- 
tivity will be submitted to the editor 
so that it can be included in an issue 
of The Brethren Evangelist. 

Triads of Congregations 

Florida District 

Group 1 


Town and Country 

St. Petersburg 

Group 2 





Group 1 

Drushal Memorial 

Group 2 


Kimsey Run 

Oak Hill 

Group 3 




Group 4 

St. James 

Wayne Heights 

Covenant Community 

Group 5 

Mt. Olive 

Group 6 

St. Luke 

Group 7 





Group 1 

Mt. Olivet 



Fairless Hills-Levittown 

Group 2 


White Dale 


Mt. Pleasant 

Group 3 

Pleasant View 

Brush Valley 



Group 4 


Johnstown II 


Group 5 

Johnstown III 
Quiet Dell 

Group 6 


(continued on next page) 

October 1986 

Ohio District 

Group 1 



West Alexandria 

Group 2 

New Lebanon 

Pleasant Hill 


Group 3 


Smoky Row 


Group 4 

Park Street 



Brethren Fellowship 

of the Savior 

Group 5 

North Georgetown 

Brethren Bible 


Group 6 


Group 7 




Indiana District 

Group 1 

North Manchester 

Meadow Crest 


Group 2 

Brighton Chapel 


Winding Waters 

Group 3 




Group 4 


Center Chapel 


Group 5 




Group 6 


College Comer 


Group 7 


Group 8 

County Line 
North Liberty 

Group 9 


Group 10 




Group 11 


New Paris 


Group 12 

South Bend 

Central District 

Group 1 

Cerro Gordo 

Group 2 


Midwest District 

Group 1 

Falls City 

Group 2 

Ft. Scott 

Southwest District 

Northwest Chapel 

Sunrise Community 





Centre ChristiEUio 

Para La Familia 

W.M.S. Centennial 

(continued from page 6) 
one to forecast what she will do. 

... if the good done by the S.S.C.E. 
since its organization could be 
measured it would help us to see the 
great possibilities now stretching 
out before us. . . . Let us as members 
of the society, be awake to the God 
given opportunities of the twentieth 
century and fulfill the purpose of 
our organization! . . . 

In the language of the S.S.C.E. 
constitution, the primary object is to 
promote spiritual growth and Chris- 
tian education. . . . The educational 
idea, we shall carry out by continu- 
ing in our help to support the 
Theological chair, and this means 
fitting young men and women for 
the higher duties of life. We shall do 
special work in this century to fos- 
ter higher education among girls. 

From 1905 to 1911 Etta Warvel 
Bowman was president. In addition 
to traveling among the churches and 
raising money, she made an impor- 
tant contribution by starting a Bible 
study program. Diu-ing this time the 
Sisterhood of Mary and Martha, the 
girls' movement, came into being. In 
1911 Mary Maud Billman was called 
by the national women to serve as 
general secretary and organizer for 
the girls. 

As we stand on 

the shoulders 

of these early 

women, our vision 

can be enlarged. 

May I yet ask for space to speak 
of the church work our sisters will 
do in the new century. . . . She will 
be in her place at all church serv- 
ices and in leading meetings. . . . 
She will work for souls as zealously 
as her pastor and this zeal will be 
felt in every mission field — home 
and foreign. 

In 1912 the Woman's Outlook was 
begun. The first editor was Miss 
Billman. Also in 1912 the Conference 
recruited Maude Cripe (later Mrs. 
Leonard Webb) for missionary serv- 
ice in South America. In 1914 Mary 
Maud Billman was elected to repre- 
sent the women on the National 

Foreign Mission Board, "in order 
that we might have a more intelli- 
gent part in that work." It was at 
the 1912 General Conference that a 
Mission Study Circle was recom- 
mended for every church, which in- 
cluded home missions and foreign 

Change in name 

With the exception of two years 
(1924-1926), when Mrs. William 
Beachler was in top office, the presi- 
dency from 1918 to 1952 was held by 
Mrs. U. J. Shively. Dviring this time 
the name of the group was changed 
to Woman's Missionary Society of 
the Brethren Church. The Memorial 
Chapel at Ashland College stands as 
a monument to the zeal and untiring 
devotion of the W.M.S. imder Mrs. 
Shively's leadership. 

It has been said that when we 
stand on the shoulders of those who 
precede us, we can see farther. So, as 
we stand on the shoulders of these 
early women, our vision can be en- 
larged. Let us all encoiuage one 
another and work together in Chris- 
tian love as we plan for our centen- 
nial celebration in 1987. [t] 

The Brethren Evangeust 

Readers* Forum 

A column in which readers can share their thoughts and vieivs with the Bretiuren. 

"66 in '86" at Wayne Heights 

Along with their Brethren through- 
out the denomination, the folks at the 
Wayne Heights Brethren Church have 
been actively engaged in the effort to 
read the Bible through during 1986. 
At the beginning of the year, 32 
people signed up to register their in- 
tention of seeking to read through the 
Bible this year. This number repre- 
sents over 50 percent of our adult 
membership! Included among the 
readers are men and women ranging 
in age from 20 to 85. 

At the end of each three-month 
period, we have made a check to see 
how our readers have been progres- 
sing. Each of these checks has showm 
that practically every one of those who 
started the program has been keeping 
pace with the suggested reading 
schedule of the National Association 
of Evangelicals. 

Realizing that in reading God's 
word through, questions might arise 
in the readers' minds, we have been 

endeavoring to answer such questions. 
The Brethren have been encouraged to 
write down any questions they might 
have as a result of their reading and 
to either give the questions to the pas- 
tor or put them in a box prepared for 
this purpose in the narthex of the 
church. From time to time, then, the 
pastor seeks to answer these questions 
either through sermons or through the 
pages of our monthly newsletter, "The 
Wayne Heights Highlights." 
As we enter the second half of the 

year,* we anticipate a continuing in- 
terest in this reading of God's word, 
being mindful of the many times in 
history — both as recorded in the 
Scriptures and as recorded in the an- 
nals of human histories — when the 
course of human life has been changed 
as a result of a serious reading and 
studying of that word. 

Rev. Henry Bates, Pastor 

Wayne Heights Brethren Church 
Waynesboro, Pa. 

*This letter was written in July. 

With Their Running Shoes On 

Never have I witnessed such a dis- 
play of love and affection as when I 
saw all those running shoes invade 
the sanctuary for the Sunday morning 
worship service! Surely the presence of 
the Lord is within the Valley Brethren 
The summer had been slow, and it 
seemed as though 
progress had 

been grinding to 
a near halt. With 
vacations, family 

Ck^iuuttlij h. . . 


Getting the WORD out 

1985 Norlhwind Studios International 

reunions, and picnics, the summer 
slump seemed to last for an eternity. I 
was anxious to fan into flame the fire 
that lay dormant during the vacation 

I knew that with the approach of 
fall, church activities would once 
again become a priority of interest and 
participation. But little did I know the 
extent to which God Himself had been 
working in the hearts of this congre- 

(continued on page 14) 

Cherishing Sisterhood 

I just want to witness to all who read The Brethren 
Evangelist what a wonderful influence the Sisterhood of 
Mary and Martha has been to me. Fifty years have flown 
by, and I am still remembering and cherishing the years 
I was a member of the S.M.M. in my home church. It has 
been one of the guiding lights in my life. 

Through it I was led to read a book written by one of 
the Brethren pioneer missionaries serving in French 
Equatorial Africa. That book helped to steer me into 
what I longed for my career to be. Through cir- 
cumstances beyond my control, the way was never 
opened for me to carry that CEireer through, but the long- 
ing is still there. 

The guiding influence of the S.M.M. led me to college, 
and later to Riverside Christian Training School, where, 
at my suggestion, the first S.M.M. was started in that 
school. In later years, I understand that Miss Drushal 
continued it. 

I have traveled near and far and have been in many 
churches through the years, but never have I found in 
any of those churches anything comparable to our 

LaVonne (Strine) Hutcheson 
Kingsley, Iowa 

(Former member of the original Elkhart, Ind., Brethren 

October 1986 



By Richard A. Van Auken 

FOR CENTURIES we have looked to colleges and uni- 
versities as the only source of post- high school edu- 
cation. Those days are gone. Competition is a word we 
think about each day. Three of the largest corporations 
in America — IBM, GE, and AMERITECH — now offer 
bachelor's degrees. In addition, more than two million 
students are enrolled in profit-making institutions of 
higher education, and enrollments are growing rapidly. 
Our private liberal arts colleges must respond to a 
buyers market. 

There is a basic philosophical difference between the 
goals of educational institutions and the training goals of 
employers. The formal educational system (that of the 
educational institutions) teaches two things: adaptability 
(how to learn, how to think critically) and conformity 
(how to adapt oneself to the requirements of society). 

Stressing the importance of independent higher educa- 
tion in society today, we must first teach "how to learn" 
in order that our future leaders may later cope with 
change. Our colleges and universities must also become 
inviting and useful to their students, allowing for growth 
of intellect — a preparation for entry into society. 

Ashland College, with its "AC'cent on the Individual" 
theme coupled with its "Partnership in Excellence" cam- 
paign, moves ahead of the sister colleges in Ohio and 
neighboring states. Applications have plateaued and are 
increasing, allowing for a continued balanced budget. 
The administration is providing for a future of the high- 
est educational opportunity for the College's growing en- 

To maintain its posture, Ashland College must suc- 
cessfully kick off and complete its current campaign, 
"Partnership in Excellence." To strengthen its leadership 
role among independent higher education institutions, 
faculty positions must be endowed, scholarships and stu- 
dent financial aid must be endowed, and operating costs, 
in part, must be endowed. These are the primary goals of 
the "Partnership in Excellence" campaign. 

My fellow trustees and I are committed to supporting 
the campaign. The continued freedom and future educa- 
tional opportunities of Ashland College are dependent on 
its success. [t] 

Richard A. Van Auken, vice-president of URS 
Dalton, and chairman of the Ashland College 
Board of Trustees. 

The Campaign for Ashland CoUege 

Increased Endowment 

• Faculty Endowment 
Deans' chairs and faculty chairs 


• Scholarship Endowment 

• Seminary Endowment 
Faculty chairs and theological 


• Campus Endowment 

• Student Revolving Loan Fund 



• Dr. and Mrs. Hugo H. Young 
Theatre for the Performing Arts 

Facilities, faculty, public 
programs and curriculum 


Unrestricted Giving 

• Operations, 1985-1990 

• Ongoing Student Financial Aid, 


(continued on next page) 


The Brethren Evangelist 

I Excellence" 

Dr. Joseph R. Shultz, the president of Ashland College. 

Campus Improvements 1 , 000 , 000 

• Renovation to provide Corporate 
Education facilities 

• Energy management control 

• Installation of energy-efficient 
windows, doors, heating systems 
and controls in Founders Hall 

• Renovation of Dr. and Mrs. Hugo 
H. Young Theatre for the 
Performing Arts 

• Seminary Library Expansion 

• General campus heautification 

Summary of Campaign Goals: 

Increased Endowment $ 7,000,000 

Unrestricted Giving 1985-1990 6,000,000 

Campus Improvements 1,000,000 



By Joseph R. Shultz 

EDUCATION is big business! According to the 
Department of Education's Center for Statistics, 
enrollment in public and private schools from kindergar- 
ten through graduate school will rise to 58 million. The 
total school bill will climb to approximately $278 billion. 
Private colleges and universities are expected to enroll 
12,164,000 students, a drop of 73,000 from last year, or 
less than one percent. Private colleges and universities 
will spend approximately $60 billion for education in 

One in four Americans is involved in education in one 
way or another. Education is the second most consuming 
business in America. In addition to formal education 
(kindergarten through graduate school), business and in- 
dustry spend an additional $60 billion annually educat- 
ing approximately 11 million employees. IBM spent an 
average of nearly $2,300 per employee to educate its 
work force in 1984. That's more than Alabama or Missis- 
sippi or Utah spent on its students! 

Our Brethren heritage insists on education. Education 
is necessary for Christian discipline, as well as for doc- 
trine and faith. Christianity is a religion of truth, of re- 
velation, of apostles, elders and teachers whose primary 
responsibility is to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 
Christ said, "I will send you the Holy Spirit and He will 
'teach' you all things." Christ was called "Rabbi" 
(teacher) hundreds of times rather than priest, minister, 
or certainly not "reverend." 

Ashland College is in the heritage of the church. 
Therefore, financial resources are an absolute essential 
to the "business" of education. This year's college budget 
is approximately $22 million. The college is giving $2.8 
million of its own resources for scholarships. Many of 
these scholarships are given to Brethren students. 

The college has one of the most beautiful campuses, 
with modem buildings. Now it is the task of our genera- 
tion to provide the financial base for this campus and the 
program of education of the hearts and the minds of this 
and future generations. 

The mind, in its capacity to learn and to know, is the 
creative gift of God. This capacity must be educated to 
learn and to know and to minister the will of God in each 
generation. Education is essential for the freedom of our 
democracy, which, in turn, is necessary for the freedom 
of the church to preach and teach the gospel. 

Ashland College is, therefore, rightly seeking financial 
resources to underwrite its present and future programs. 
We are asking each member of The Brethren Church to 
become a partner in "Partnership in Excellence." [t] 

October 1986 


Joyce Lamb: 

Finding Success at AC 

By Steve Hannan 

WHEN it came time for Joyce 
Lamb to decide where she 
would attend college, the decision 
was probably easier for her than it 
is for many college-bond students. 

Because Ashland College is the 
only college of The Brethren 
Church, AC had a definite advan- 
tage over other schools. For Joyce, 
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wil- 
liam Lamb of Paris, Ohio, and a 
member of the Trinity Brethren 
Church in Canton, Ashland Col- 
lege was the one. 

Now a senior at AC majoring in 
finance and management, and 
president of the Student Senate, 
Joyce has no regrets about her de- 
cison to come to AC. 

I've been happy during my four 
years here at AC. There were a lot 
of opportunities for me personally 
to grow both spiritually and 
academically," she says. "There 

Mr. Hannan is Director of Public In- 
formation for Ashland College. 

Joyce greets 
Thomas Staffer, 
of the Ashland 
College Board 
of Trustees. Mr. 
Staffer, like 
Joyce, is a mem- 
ber of Trinity 
Church, and 
played a role in 
Joyce's decision 
to attend Ash- 
land College. 

have been trying moments, but 
through a sense of direction and 
purpose I've turned those into posi- 
tive realizations of what I can do 
with my life." 

She feels so strongly about what 
AC has meant to her that she 
would recommend that prospective 
students, particularly Brethren 

Joyce (third from right) makes a point during an Ashland College Student Senate 
meeting. Joyce serves as president of the senate. 

students, take a good look at AC 
before deciding which college to at- 
tend. "I would certainly encourage 
prospective students to consider 
Ashland College if it fits their 
needs and academic goals," she 
said. "It's a good liberal arts 

While the fact that Ashland Col- 
lege is the Brethren denomina- 
tion's only school was a major fac- 
tor in her choosing to attend AC, 
she points out that there were sev- 
eral other factors in her decision, 
including the number of scholar- 
ships she was offered by AC. 

"Ashland has an excellent finan- 
cial aid program," she said. The 
scholarships Joyce has received in- 
clude the Brethren Scholarship, 
the Presidential Scholarship, 
Music Scholarship, and Merit 
Award. She also was an AC Schol- 
ar Test winner. 

"I knew a few of the students 

here, some of the staff members 

and administrators, and a lot of 

alumni before I came," she said. 

(continued on page 14) 


The Brethren Evangelist 

The Vision of 

■ Campus Ministry 

By Jim Menninger 

THE VISION of Campus Minis- 
try at Ashland College is to 
build a fellowship that engages the 
college with the gospel of Jesus 
Christ. It is free, it is effective, it is 
exciting, and I believe with my 
whole heart that it works. 

Furthermore, it is the goal of 
Campus Ministry in conjunction 
with Inter- Varsity Christian Fel- 
lowship, in keeping with the life of 
Christ and His Great Commission, 
to embody these biblical values: 

1. We believe that every person 
touched by Campus Ministry ought 
to have an opportunity to person- 
Mr. Menninger is Director of Religi- 
ous Life at Ashland College. 

ally respond to Jesus Christ as 
Lord and Savior and to accept His 
invitation to follow into a life of 
Christian discipleship. 

2. We are committed to the 
task of teaching and modeling the 
spiritual disciplines (personal Bible 
study, prayer, dependence upon the 
Holy Spirit, worship), so that all 
can grow into a life of Christian 
obedience and Christ-like matur- 

3. We acknowledge that Cam- 
pus Ministry is a servant arm to 
the church and that those discipled 
in our ministry should seek to be 
worshiping and participating mem- 
bers of the church. 

4. We wish to demonstrate by 
our example and our instruction 
the command of Jesus Christ that 
Christians love one another and 
that healthy human relationships 
are a mark of true discipleship. 

5. We are aware of the reality 
of evil in the world and how it trag- 
ically affects many systems in the 
global community. We also are 
aware of our responsibility to stand 
against evil through personal in- 
tegrity, compassion, and confronta- 

6. We pledge to discover the 
many ways in which Jesus Christ 
can make His presence felt through 
us in our vocations as students, fac- 
ulty, and the work to which God 

7. We affirm that God has 
called all Christians to the task of 
world evangelization and that all 
of us must know how to hear that 
call so that everyone of us is in- 
volved in the world mission of the 

The Campus Ministry staff has 

developed strategies to implement 

(continued on top of next page) 

This group 
photo illustrates 
the large number 
of students in- 
volved in Hope 

October 1986 


Campus Ministry 

(continued from previous page) 
these goals for the 1986 fall semes- 
ter. These include: 

1. Hope Fellowship meetings 
every week at 8 p.m. in the chapel 
Salt Cellar, instructing students in 
Christian worship, biblical knowl- 
edge, and fellowship. 

2. The Fellowship of Christian 
Athletes meets weekly to discuss 
the Christian life from an athlete's 

3. Freshman visitation exposes 
new students to the Christian oppor- 
tunities available on campus. 

4. The Hope Fellowship re- 
treat will introduce the theme of 

Jesus Christ and how He can affect 
our lives. 

5. Wayne Watson, a noted con- 
temporary Christian artist, will ap- 
pear in concert on November 1 in 
Hugo Young Theatre. 

6. Ten small-group Bible 
studies are meeting in various 
places on campus to encourage stu- 
dent leadership development and 

7. The Hope Fellowship Lead- 
ers' Retreat and Bill Gothard's 
Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts 
will teach students biblical princi- 
ples and how they can be im- 
plemented in their lives. 

8. The Parents' Weekend 

Chapel, Thanksgiving Service, 
Christmas Tree Lighting and Les- 
sons and Carol Service wdll encour- 
age Christian worship. 

9. Co-ed volleyball on the 
Chapel Green, a square dance, 
Halloween Party, the Good Split 
Hope, the Fifth Annual Turkey 
Bowl, and many other activities 
are planned for fellowship and to 
raise awareness of Christian life on 
the Ashland College campus. 

It is our hope and prayer that 
many more students will be won to 
Jesus Christ and be discipled in the 
faith so that they might become ef- 
fective, working members of the 
Christian community. [t] 

Joyce Lamb 

(continued from page 12) 
"This tie-in with the students and 
people associated with the school 
helped me a lot in easing into col- 
lege life." 

Joyce says that having Park 
Street Brethren Church near the 
campus has been very helpful to her. 
"It's important to have a church to 
go to and be a part of while attend- 
ing college," she said. "The church is 

very supportive to the college stu- 
dents and college life." 

Joyce said it was important for 
her to have a sense of direction dur- 
ing the first few years of college. "I 
feel the college helped me a lot in 
that area because of being a part of 
The Brethren Church," she noted. 

The Hope Fellowship program on 
campus is strong and well-adver- 
tised, according to Joyce. She notes 
that Religious Life Director Jim 

Readers' Forum 

With Their Running Shoes On 

(continued from page 9) 
My wife and I had decided to take 
our vacation during the two weeks 
prior to General Conference. In all, in- 
cluding General Conference, we would 
be away for three weeks, and I would 
be out of the pulpit for two Sundays. 
We had no inkling whatsoever of the 
degree to which we would miss our 
home and the church family we have 
come to love so much. 

Before leaving, I attended to the 
duties necessary to the continuing 
ministry of the church during my ab- 
sence. One of those duties included 
writing my "Pastor's Pen" for the Au- 
gust newsletter, which was to be 
mailed to our members while I was 
gone. In this newsletter I expressed 
my eagerness to proceed with the 
ministry set before us and reminded 
the congregation that we must "run 
well the race." In concluding this chal- 
lenge to action, I wrote: "When I re- 
turn from Conference, I will have my 
running shoes on. Will you?" 

I planned in my own mind to don 
my personal running shoes, with my 
three-piece suit, for my return to the 

pulpit. But never did I expect the over- 
whelming response of Christian love 
that greeted my return. 

As you have guessed, the members 
of the Valley Brethren Church, with- 
out any promoting, attended this 
beautiful worship service clad in their 
own running shoes, to express their 
personal commitment to service and 
ministry for the glory of Christ our 
King. No pastor could ask for any 
greater gift than to serve such a com- 
mitted body of believers. 

Since my return, the willingness of 
this church body has been quite evi- 
dent. Committees and ministry teams 
have voluntarily initiated their own 
particular missions, and the wheels of 
progress are again spinning rapidly. 
To God be the glory! 

We have now adopted the following 
as our motto: "The world has yet to see 
what one church can accomplish when 
its members are totally committed to 
the Lord Jesus Christ." 

May the fervent power of God's Holy 
Spirit touch your lives, just as He has 
touched the Valley Brethren Church. 
"... and His glory shall be forever and 
ever. Amen." 

Dan Lawson, pastor 

The Valley Brethren Church 

Jones Mills, Pa 

Menninger does an excellent job in 
bringing together students from the 
different denominations on campus. 

Joyce says that Ashland has given 
her many opportunities to get in- 
volved in campus activities and or- 
ganizations. In addition to being 
president of Student Senate this 
year, she is a member of Kalon (the 
senior honorary society), concert 
band, and the brass ensemble, which 
accompanies the annual Madrigal 

She also was financial vice-presi- 
dent of Student Senate last year, 
president of the Circle K Club her 
sophomore year, and helped to or- 
ganize the reinstatement of the 
Logos honorary for freshmen and 
sophomores. She also served on the 
College Life Committee the past two 

"I certainly have tried to use my 
Christianity in my daily life, includ- 
ing activities and involvement with 
faculty and students," she said. 
"Being a smaller college is beneficial 
to the interaction of students and 
faculty, and that is important." 

Despite being involved in many ac- 
tivities, Joyce says she has con- 
tinued to put academics first. This is 
illustrated by the fact that she has 
been on the college's deans' list each 

Following graduation in May, 
Joyce plans to attend law school and 
eventually enter a career in corpo- 
rate law. The future seems to hold 
much for the bright and attractive 
Joyce, and she believes Ashland Col- 
leg has prepared her well for what's 
ahead. [t] 


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Exterior view of the South Bend Brethren Church's new worship facility. 

South Bend Brethren Dedicate 
New Worship Facihty August 17th 

South Bend, Ind. — The First Breth- 
ren Church of South Bend conducted a 
dedication service Sunday Eiftemoon, 
August 17, for its new worship facil- 
ity, located on 4909 South Ironwood 
Drive in South Bend. 

Rev. William Kemer, Director of 
Pastoral Ministries for The Brethren 
Church, was the dedication speaker. 
Former South Bend pastors Rev. P. 
Keith Bermett and Rev. John T. Byler, 
as well as the present pastor, Rev. 
Larry R. Baker, also took part in the 

Others participating in the dedica- 
tion service included Phil Plaia, Rev. 
Dan Cavinder, Architect David Fod- 
ness. Contractor Eric Hooley, Plans 
and Construction Committee Chair- 
man Al Marquis, and Moderator Betty 
Goodrick. Special music included a 
vocal duet by Phil Plaia and Kathy 
Cavinder, an offertory by Miss Jen- 
nifer Bush, and an anthem by the 
church choir under the direction of 
Mrs. Judith Keying. Mrs. Joyce Stin- 
son played the prelude. 

Members of the Elkhart, Groshen, 

Brighton Chapel, North Liberty, 
County Line, Ardmore, Mishawaka, 
Warsaw, Dutchtown, Winding Waters, 
New Paris, Muncie, and St. James 
Brethren churches joined the South 
Bend Brethren for the service. 

The new South Bend Church build- 
ing has about 8,000 square feet of 
space, with various areas designated 
for mutiple use. It is fully accessible to 
the handicapped. The sanctuary was 
designed with wheelchair spaces 
amidst the seating, and is equipped 
with a wireless broadcasting system 
for the hearing impared. 

The building is located on a six-acre 
tract of land on a main street in a resi- 
dential area of South Bend. It was de- 
signed by LeRoy Troyer and As- 
sociates and built by Ancon Construc- 
tion Company. The stained glass in 
the sanctuary was done by Stained 
Glass Works of Niles, Mich. 

The first service in the new facility 
was held June 15, before the building 
was entirely completed. Pews and pul- 
pit furniture were installed the week 
before the dedication service. 

The former church building of the 
South Bend congregation, located in 
the inner city, was purchased by 
Christ Temple Church of God in 
Christ, a congregation with a 50-year 
history in South Bend. 

The South Bend congregation ex- 
presses its thanks to the many Breth- 
ren individuals and churches that 
made donations for the church's new 

Missionary K. Prasanth Kumar Presents 
Message at Ohio District Conference 

Lakeville, Ohio — Brethren mission- 
ary Rev. K. Prasanth Kumar was the 
featured speaker at the Ohio District 
Conference held Saturday, September 
13, at Camp Bethany. He shared his 
experiences proclaiming the Good 
News of Jesus Christ to people of 

Using slides to illustrate his mes- 
sage. Rev. Kumar spoke of the many 
idols, gods, and gurus worshiped in his 
country, then told how he and his fel- 
low workers are seeking to win the 
people of India to Christ. They model 
their ministry after Christ's, he said, 
seeking to meet the total needs of the 
people. But he emphasized that their 
main concern is to proclaim the gospel 
of salvation in Christ Jesus. 

Prayer is the strength of their 
ministry, he said, noting that three- 

day prayer meetings are held prior to 
gospel meetings. Furthermore, every 
Friday night is a time of prayer and 
fasting, and during lent 40 nights of 
prayer are observed. 

Rev. Kumar's message was followed 
by the first of two short business ses- 
sions held during the day, both of 
which were led by Moderator Dale 
Stoffer with 72 delegates in attend- 
ance. The main item of business of the 
two sessions concerned changes in the 
by-laws of the district constitution 
with regard to the make-up of district 

The Camp Commission of the dis- 
trict Board of Christian Education re- 
ported that a new maintenance build- 
ing and a new store had been com- 
pleted at the camp, and that the walk- 
in cooler had been replaced with a 

three-door, reach-in model. Projects 
yet to be completed include remodel- 
ing the kitchen and winterizing the 
bath house and cabins. 

Also included in the day's schedule 
was a multi-media presentation of the 
work of the denominational minis- 
tries, as well as meetings of the con- 
ference auxiliaries. The conference 
concluded with a concert by John 
Johnson of Bellefontaine, Ohio, who 
sang several vocal solos which he ac- 
companied on guitar. 

The next meeting of the Ohio Dis- 
trict Conference is scheduled for 
March 13 and 14 at the Canton Trin- 
ity Brethren Church. 

Prayer is a launching pad for minis- 
ters — the ones in the pew as well as the 
ones in the pulpit. 

The pulse of prayer is praise. The heart 
of prayer is gratitude. The voice of prayer 
is obedience. The arm of prayer is service. 

October 1986 



Five Brethren Pastors Ordained 
To Eldership in June and July 

Five Brethren pastors were ordained 
as elders in The Brethren Church in 
June and July of this year. On this and 
the following two pages are reports of 
their ordination services and a brief 
biography of each new elder. 

Russell C. King 

Ashland, Ohio — Russell C. King 
was ordained an elder in The Brethren 
Church and his wife, Sylvia, was con- 
secrated as the wife of an elder in a 
service held Saturday afternoon, June 
21, at the Garber Brethren Church, 
where Rev. King serves as pastor. 

Rev. William Kerner, Director of 
Pastoral Ministries for The Brethren 
Church, presented the ordination mes- 
sage, which was entitled "Essential 
Ingredients for Service as an Elder in 
The Brethren Church." 

Other Brethren elders participating 
in the ordination service were Rev. 
Smith Rose (moderator of the Garber 
congregation). Rev. James Rowsey, 
Rev. Roger Stogsdill, and Rev. Ken- 
neth Sullivan. 

Rev. Roger Stogsdill presented a 
vocal solo, and Mrs. Janice Rowsey 
and Mrs. Martha Weaver provided in- 
strumental music for the service. 

Russell King was born May 11, 
1957, in Plymouth, Ind., to Charles 
and Virginia King. While growing up, 
he was active in the County Line 
Brethren Church near Lapaz, Ind., of 
which he became a member. He at- 
tended LaVille High School, from 
which he was graduated in 1975. He 

continued his education at Indiana 
State University, receiving a B.S. in 
elementary education degree from 
that university in 1979. 

Following college graduation, Russ 
became a math teacher at 
Maconaquah Middle School in Bunker 
Hill, Ind. During this time he also 
served first as youth advisor and later 
as youth pastor of the First Brethren 
Church of Peru, Ind. Then on June 27, 
1981, he married a member of the 
Peru congregation — Sylvia G. Noble, 
daughter of Lacy and the late Mavis 
Noble of Peru. 

Believing that Grod was calling him 
to the pastoral ministry, Russ entered 
Ashland Theological Seminary in the 
fall of 1981. On June 1, 1985, he re- 
ceived his Master of Divinity degree 
from the seminary. 

While in seminary, in July of 1983, 
Russ became the associate pastor of 
the Garber Brethren Church, serving 
with Rev. Herbert Gilmer. Following 
Rev. Gilmer's retirement in December 
1983, Russ became the full-time pas- 
tor of the congregation in January 

Bradley A. Hardesty 

Milledgeville, 111. — Brad Hardesty 
was ordained an elder in the Brethren 
Church and his wife, Jan, was conse- 
crated the wife of an elder in a serv- 
ice held Sunday afternoon, June 29, at 
the Milledgeville Brethren Church, 
where Rev. Hardesty serves as pastor. 
Dr. Alvin Shifflett, pastor of the 

Nappanee, Ind., First Brethren 
Church, presented the ordination mes- 
sage, and Dr. Shifflett and Rev. Dave 
Cooksey, pastor of the Lanark, HI., 
Brethren Church, conducted the ordi- 

Also taking part in the service were 
Marvin Peugh, Alan Deets, and Bill 
Shipman, youth minister of the Mill- 
edgeville Church. Barb Peugh pre- 
sented special music. 

Bradley A. Hardesty was bom and 
raised in Nappanee, Ind., where he 
joined the Nappanee First Brethren 
Church and became active in the 
youth group while in high school. He 
was graduated from Northwood High 
School in 1975, worked a year, then 
entered Ashland College in 1976. 

The following yeai he transferred to 
Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., 
from which he received a B.S. degree 
in radio and television broadcasting in 
1980. While at Ball State he was in- 
volved in the Christian Student Foun- 
dation's Campus House as a live-in 
staff person, Bible study leader, and 

After working two more years, he 
entered Ashland Theological Semi- 
nary in 1982, from which he received 
a Master of Divinity degree in 1985. 
While in seminary, he worked with 
Rev. Tim Gamer and the Walcrest 
Brethren Church as a student assis- 
tant. It was while working with Rev. 
Gamer and interning at the Jefferson 
Brethren Church (Goshen, Ind.) under 
Dr. Jack Oxenrider that he felt God 
leading him into the pastoral minis- 

Following seminary graduation in 

June 1985, he accepted a position as 

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Left photo, Rev. and Mrs. Russell King (center) with (I. to r.) 
Elders Smith Rose, William Kerner, Roger Stogsdill, Kenneth 

Sullivan, and James Rowsey. Right photo. Rev. and Mrs. Brad 
Hardesty and daughter Rebekah. 


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Left photo, Rev. and Mrs. Ronald W. Waters (at left) and daughter Melinda with (I. to r.) Elders Ronald L. Waters (Ron's father), 
Patrick Velanzon, Gene Hollinger, and William Kerner. Right photo. Rev. and Mrs. Reilly Smith receive the laying on of hands from 
(I. to r.) Elders James Thomas, James Koontz, G. Emery Hurd, and Gregg Moser. night photo by Sheryi Heinj. 

director of youth and music at the 
Milledgeville, 111., Brethren Church. 
He became pastor of that congregation 
after the death of Rev. George 
Solomon in November 1985. 

Laurie Jan (Greyer) Hardesty 
likewise grew up in Nappanee, Ind., 
where she was an active member of 
the First Brethren Church. Following 
graduation in 1975 from Northwood 
High School, she attended Manchester 
College, from which she received a 
B.S. in Education degree in 1979. 
While teaching in the Nappanee area, 
she continued work on a master's de- 
gree, and received a M.S. degree in 
learning disabilities from Indiana 
University in 1982. She also attended 
Ashland Theological Seminary, receiv- 
ing a Master of Arts degree in 1985. 

Brad and Jan were married June 2, 
1984. They have one child, Rebektih, 
bom March 1986. 

— reported by Lorraine J. Haugh 

Ronald W. Waters 

McGaheysville, Va. — Ronald W. 
Waters was ordained an elder in The 
Brethren Church and his wife. Norma, 
was consecrated as the wife of an elder 
Sunday morning, July 6, at the Mt. 
Olive Brethren Church of Pineville. 

Rev. Ronald L. Waters, father of the 
candidate and pastor of the First 
Brethren Church of Burlington, Ind., 
presented the ordination message. 
Other Brethren elders participating in 
the service were Rev. William Kerner, 
Director of Pastoral Ministeries for 
The Brethren Church; Rev. Gene Hol- 
linger, former pastor and member of 
Mt. Olive; and Rev. Patrick Velanzon, 
pastor of the Bethlehem Brethren 
Church in Harrisonburg, Va. 

Special music was presented by Mr. 
and Mrs. Gordon Harmon; by Mrs. 
Odessa Shelton; and by the church 
choir directed by Henry Line weaver. 

Following the service, a bountiful 
luncheon £ind time for fellowship was 
enjoyed by the 120 members and 
friends in attendance. 

Ronald Wayne Waters was bom 
July 23, 1951, in Kokomo, Ind., the 
oldest of five children of Ronald L. and 
Carolyn E. (Myers) Waters. 

Ron attended Ashland College, 
graduating magna cum laude in 1973 
writh a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 
1973-74 he attended Ashland Theolog- 
ical Seminary. While attending col- 
lege and seminary, he served three 
years as assistant to the director of the 
Board of Christian Education of The 
Brethren Church. 

In 1975 he completed a Master of 
Arts degree in communications at 
Wheaton College, Wheaton, 111., 
graduating with high honors. 

In December 1975 Ron began eight 
and one-half years of ministry with 
the Brethren Publishing Company 
and The Brethren Church National 
Office. During this period he served as 
managing editor of The Brethren 
Evangelist, manager of the printing 
department, bookkeeper for The Car- 
penter's Shop, assistant to the direc- 
tor, and executive director of the Pub- 
lishing Company. When he resigned 
in 1984, he was Director of Denomina- 
tional Business for The Brethren 

Sensing a call to other areas of 
ministry, Ron reentered the seminary 
in the fall of 1984. He completed the 
requirements for the Master of Divin- 
ity degree, graduating June 1, 1985, 

with high honors. 

In April 1985 he accepted the call to 
pastor the Mt. Olive Brethren Church 
of Pineville, beginning his ministry 
there on July 1, 1985. 

On June 16, 1973, Ron was married 
to Norma L. Grumbling. Norma is the 
oldest of four children of Norman E., 
Jr., and Grace Grumbling of Johns- 
town, Pa. Before moving to Virginia, 
Ron and Norma served as deacon and 
deaconess in the Ashland Park Street 
Brethren Church. 

Ron and Norma have one daughter, 
Melinda Ronee, bom September 12, 

— Odessa B. Shelton 

ReiUy R. Smith 

Mulvane, Kans. — Reilly Smith was 
ordained an elder in The Brethren 
Church and his wife, Cindy, was con- 
secrated as the wife of an elder in a 
service held Friday evening, July 11, 
at the Mulvane Brethren Church, 
where Rev. Smith serves as pastor. 

Rev. Gregg Moser, pastor of the 
Derby, Kans., Brethren Church, 
preached the ordination message. Rev. 
G. Emery Hurd, pastor of the 
Cheyenne, Wyo., Brethren Church, led 
the service. 

Frank Lewallen, moderator of the 
Mulvane congregation, presented the 
candidate for ordination. Rev. James 
Koontz, pastor of the Fort Scott, 
Keuis., Brethren Church, and Rev. 
James Thomas, pastor of the Falls 
City, Nebr., First Brethren Church, 
questioned the candidate for ordina- 
tion. Then the above mentioned four 
pastors (the elders of the Midwest Dis- 
trict) laid hands on and prayed for 
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October 1986 



Valley Pastor Keeps His Promise; 
Preaches from Rooftop of Church 

Jones Mills, Pa. — Rev. Dan Lawson, 
pastor of the Valley Brethren Church, 
kept a promise to his congregation on 
Sunday morning, June 15, by preach- 
ing from the roof of the chiirch build- 

Pastor Lawson had promised the 
congregation that if at least 150 
people (double the average attend- 
ance) were present on May 11 for what 
the church called "Friend Day," he 
would (at a later date) preach from the 
rooftop. Attendance for Friend Day 
was 182. 

Pastor Lawson's sermon from the 
rooftop received national media atten- 
tion. Area papers covered the event, 
but the Associated Press also called to 
interview Pastor Lawson, and as a re- 
sult the story went nationwide. In ad- 
dition, a Pittsburgh radio station, 
WPIT FM, gave news time to the 
event, as did the Moody Broadcasting 

Network. As a result of this publicity, 
the congregation heard from people as 
far away as Texas and California. 

Pastor Lawson borrowed peirts of his 
sermon, preached from a 4-by-8-foot 
platform built by one of his 
members, from Martin Luther 
King's message, "I have been to 
the mountaintop." He changed 
that to, "I have been to the roof- 
top for the community and have 
seen the other side." 

A crowd of nearly 200, includ- 
ing many visitors, listened to the 
message from a hillside 38 feet 
below. One of those present for 
the sermon from the rooftop had 
this to say: "It was truly a bless- 
ing to hear the Scripture, Luke 
12:1-12, being read,>and also the 
message of love, exhortation, 
and community outreach that 
Grod had for us that day. 

"As the congregation sat on folding 
chairs, lawn chairs, blankets, or lis- 
tened from their cars, we all begem to 
realize we had just scratched the sur- 
face of what can be done when God 
has His powerful hand in the service 
of helping people to know of Him and 
His love." 

— reported by LaVerne Keslar 
and Debbie Shaffer 

Photo by Steve Nemeth. 

Pastor Lawson preaching from the rooftop. 


(continued from previous page) 
Pastor and Mrs. Smith. 

Reilly Richard Smith was bom in 
Garfield Heights, Ohio, March 28, 
1953. He attended high school in 
North Olmsted, Ohio, receiving his 
diploma in 1971. He continued his 
education at Cuyahoga Community 
College in Cleveland, from which he 
received an Associate in Arts degree 
in 1974. During this time he also mar- 
ried (on March 31, 1973) Cynthia Kay 
Hall of Cleveland, Ohio. 

After several years in secular work, 
Reilly returned to college in 1978. He 

Rev. and Mrs. James F. Black . 

attended Valley Forge Christian Col- 
lege in Phoenixville, Pa., from which 
he received a B.S. degree in Bible in 
1981. He then entered Ashland 
Theological Seminary and began his 
studies for a Master of Divinity de- 
gree, which he received June 1, 1985. 

While attending Ashland Theologi- 
cal Seminary Reilly became a member 
of the Ashland Garber Brethren 
Church and a licensed minister in the 
Ohio District. Following seminary 
graduation, he became pastor of the 
Mulvane Brethren Church. 

Rev. and Mrs. Smith have three 
children, Jofaya (13), Kara (11), and 
Sean (10). 

— reported by Lilith Howard 

James F. Black 

BeUefontaine, Ohio — James F. 
Black was ordained an elder in The 
Brethren Church, and his wife, Susie, 
was set apart as the wife of an elder in 
a service held Sunday afternoon, July 
20, at the Gretna Brethren Church, 
where Rev. Black serves as pastor. 

Dr. Charles Munson and Dr. Jerry 
Flora presented a dual message enti- 
tled "A Separated Servant." Rev. 
James R. Black, father of the new 
elder, gave the questions to the candi- 
date and his wife, and pronounced the 
"Declaration of Authority as an 
Elder." Brethren elders Roger 
Stogsdill and Dr. Arden Gilmer also 
participated in the service. 

Special music was provided by the 

Gretna Church choir, by Mrs. Linda 
Ebert, and by John and Cheryl Black. 

The Gretna Ministry of Fellowship 
provided a meal following the ordina- 
tion service. Attendance for the serv- 
ice was 98. 

James F. Black, son of Rev. James 
and Shirley Black, was bom 
November 23, 1956, in Akron, Ohio. 
He accepted Christ as Lord Eind was 
received into membership of the Fire- 
stone Park Brethren Church in Akron 
at the age of seven. 

Jim was graduated from Mill- 
edgeville, Illinois, High School in 
1975, and he committed his life to full- 
time Christian service that summer at 
General Conference. During that saiae 
summer he also met Susie Keslar, 
daughter of Loren and Estella Keslar 
of Jones Mills, Pa. Two and one-half 
years later, on January 7, 1978, they 
were married. 

Jim attended Ashland College, from 
which he received a Bachelor of Arts 
degree in 1979, and Ashland Theologi- 
cal Seminary, which granted him a 
Master of Divinity degree in 1984. 
While in college and seminary, he 
worked as a sales clerk, then as assist- 
ant manager, and eventually as man- 
ager of The Csirpenter's Shop, the 
Brethren bookstore in Ashland. 

In August 1984 Jim became pastor 
of the Gretna Brethren Church, where 
Susie also serves as youth advisor. 
The Blacks have two sons, Matthew 
James (5) and Nathaniel Robert (3). 


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The Louisville Brethren Bible Church building, completed in 1984, is now debt free. 

Louisville Brethren Bible Burns 
Mortgage on "Day of Celebration" 

Louisville, Ohio — The Brethren 
Bible Church of Louisville held a Day 
of Celebration Sunday, August 17, in 
order to bum its mortgage and to in- 
itiate a new vision of providing a par- 
sonage for a full-time pastor. 

The Day of Celebration included a 
special morning worship service, dur- 
ing which the mortgage was burned; a 
reception following the worship serv- 
ice; an afternoon of games and fellow- 
ship on the church lawn; a picnic at 
4:30 p.m.; and an evening concert by 
Mrs. Linda Ebert of Ashland, Ohio. 

Rev. James R. Black, Executive 
Director of the Missionary Board, was 
the speaker for the morning worship 
service, and Shari Clapper, a member 
of the congregation, sang "Upon This 
Rock." More than 60 people attended 
the service. Attendance at the evening 
concert was 64. 

The members of the Brethren Bible 
Church had special reason for celebra- 
tion, for they paid off the ten-year. 

$25,000-mortgage on their new build- 
ing six years early. Construction on 
the building began in March 1983, 
and the completed building was dedi- 
cated on November 4, 1984. The cost 
of the building and its contents was 

approximately $80,000, plus an addi- 
tional $36,000 for the property, a well, 
septic system, excavating, parking lot, 
paving, etc. The building and property 
are valued at over $200,000. 

Much effort was made to beautify 
the building and grounds for the day 
of celebration. Wayne Holland painted 
the exterior of the building and in- 
stalled new letters giving the church 
name. Chuck Buchanan made a new 
pulpit and Communion table for the 
sanctuary. Barb Rex made white satin 
altar and pulpit cloths. And others 
made contributions behind the scenes. 

According to David E. Benshoff, pas- 
tor of the Brethren Bible congrega- 
tion, "The Lord has given the people 
at Brethren Bible a vision for the fu- 
ture, and they have accepted it. The 
reason for paying off the note early is 
to begin accumulating funds to pro- 
vide housing for a full-time pastor. We 
request the denomination's prayers as 
we work toward achieving this goal." 
Pastor Benshoff, a student at Ashland 
Theological Seminary, serves the 
Brethren Bible Church part time. 

Photos by Frank 

Loree Brethren Church WMS Ladies 
Sew Garments for Women in Ethiopia 

Bunker Hill, Ind. — Ladies of the Woman's Missionary Society 
of the Loree Brethren Church took on a new kind of sewing proj- 
ect recently — making garments for women in Ethiopia. 

The Loree women have made items like lap robes, wheelchair 
bags, bibs, children's dresses, and quilts for many years to give to 
nursing homes, shut-ins, and missions. But recently, when they 
received a letter from an Ethiopian wometn now living in Ft. 
Wayne asking them to sew garments for Ethiopian women, they 
decided to try this project. 

The task was more difficult than they expected, since it re- 
quired sewing an inner garment to an outer garment. Neverthe- 
less, they completed 25 garments and had f\m doing so. 

The Loree ladies hope someday to see pictures of Ethiopian 
women wearing the garments they made. 

— reported by Jane Stogsdill 

Maxine Bargerhuff (I.) and Louise Kendall continue 
sewing, as (I. to r.) Doris Deisch, Jane Stogsdill, Elizabeth 
Sprinkle, and Anita Bucher model the Ethiopian gar- 
ments. Photo by Rev. Claude Stogsdill. 

October 1986 



College Corner Church Celebrates 
God and Country Birthday Party 

Wabash, Ind. — It was quite a sight, 
as nearly 100 College Corner Brethren 
surrounded their church building, 
joined fingertips, and sang, "God Bless 
American," in observance of "Hands 
Around College Corner." 

This was but one event in the God 
and Country Birthday Party spon- 

sored by the Anniversary Committee 
of the church. Another highlight of the 
July 12 celebration was the Statue of 
Liberty look-alike contest. This was 
held because both the College Comer 
Church and Miss Liberty celebrated 
their 100th birthdays this year. 
Brethren present for the party were 

Comer. Another part of the weekend 
was Super Summer Sunday, featuring 
High Attendance Day in the Sunday 
school. Each class reached out with 
telephone calls and personal visits, 
and the result was 151 in Sunday 
school — quite a bit higher than a nor- 
mal summer Sunday. Morning wor- 
ship was an hour of praise featuring 
the music of Charlie and Shirley Msir- 
tin, Jami Jo Hueston, and Melinda 
Ctuter. All in all, Super Summer 
Weekend proved to be the anniversary 

College Corner Brethren join "Hands Around College Corner." Float that was entered in the Canal Days parade in Wabash. 



in Christian Education 

sponsored by 

The National 

Christian Education Association 

of the 

National Association of Evangelicals 

University Hilton Inn 

Columbus, Ohio 

November 10-12, 1986 

Plenary Speakers 

Ifed Ward Jill Briscoe 

Ken Gangel Leith .\nderson 

30 workshops scheduled 

Featuring special music by 
Linda Ebert & Bill Shafer 

For details, write 


P.O. Box 28, Wheaton, IL 80189 

divided into groups according to the 
month of their birth. Then each group 
selected a "volunteer" to dress up like 
Miss Liberty. Yards of crepe paper, 
boxes of aluminum foil, several plastic 
trash bags, and considerable ingenuity 
were used in decorating these "vic- 
tims" to look like Lady Liberty. 

Five-year-old Esther Lawson was 
judged winner of the contest, while 
Sunday school superintendent John 
Hueston was acclaimed most like the 
tin man in the Wizard of Oz! 

Later each birth-month group 
shared special items of praise with the 
church. Then the celebration con- 
cluded with the eating of birthday 
cake and homemade ice cream. 

The birthday ptu-ty was part of 
Super Summer Weekend at College 

bighlight of the hot weather months. 

In order to share their lOOth-an- 
niversary celebration with the com- 
munity, the church entered a float in 
the annual Canal Days parade held in 
Wabash. The float, made by the senior 
youth and the Sonshine Seekers Sun- 
day school class, CEirried a likeness of 
the College Corner Church building 
and had as its theme, "And the Gift 
Goes On." 

As the float slowly made its way 
along the parade route, members of 
the senior youth group distributed 
flyers to bystanders announcing the 
church's Anniversary Weekend, 
scheduled for September 20-21 and 
featuring Mark Barnett of the Grand 
Ole Opry. 

— reported by Pastor William Brady 

Berlin Bell Choir Performs 
At the National Cathedral 

Berlin, Pa — The Senior Handbell 
Choir of the Berlin Brethren Church 
played at the National Cathedral in 
Washington, D.C., during its June 15 
to 18 tour. 

The handbell choir also performed 
in several churches in the Hagers- 
town, Md., area. 

Two busloads of people from the 
Berlin Brethren Church traveled to 
Washington to hear the choir perform 

in the National Cathedral and to tour 
the area. After playing at the cathe- 
dral, the choir itself visited Wil- 
liamsburg and Busch Gardens. 

Members of the Senior Handbell 
Choir, which is directed by Norman 
Menhorn, are Jody Meyers, Michelle 
Wyant, Christine Horner, Jill Meyers, 
Melissa Horner, Linda Hoyman, 
Amanda Bockes, Jenny Emerick, 
Debbie Paul, Jeremy Hay, Cory Will, 
Thad Will, Scott Landis, Doug Paul, 
and Jeff Kimmel. 

— reported by Donna L. Paul 


The Brethren Evangeust 


Maurertown Member Spends Summer 
Sharing Jesus Christ in Europe 

Maurertown, Va. — Greg Gaines, a 
member of the Maurertown First 
Brethren Church, spent the past sum- 
mer sharing Christ in Europe. 

Greg, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack 
Gaines, was one of 150 youth from 
various nations who served together 
in Europe with Youth With a Mission 
(YWAM), a worldwide missionary or- 
ganization. He joined the others on 
June 8, in Amsterdam, the Nether- 
lands, where he soon learned that this 
city of canals has little to do with 
windmills, tulips, and wooden shoes. 
Its leading businesses include drugs, 
diamonds, prostitution, and pornog- 

Greg, who was a member of the 
1984 Brethren Youth Summer 
Crusaders drama team, became part of 
the YWAM dance drama team. He 
was selected for the lead role in "Man- 
ifesto," a dance drama about war, 
peace, and death. The cast performed 
this drama about 60 times, including 

presentations in Frankfurt, West Ger- 
many, and Brussels, Belgium. Follow- 
ing each performance, cast members 
mingled with the audience and wit- 
nessed for Christ as they had opportu- 

At night Greg participated in a bar 
ministry. He would chat with people 
in the bar, frequently turning the con- 
versation to the subject of religion. 

During the day Greg would some- 
times go to Central Station, where he 
would "preach to a hat." He would 
place a hat on a chair and begin 
speaking to it in a loud voice. In min- 
utes a crowd would gather and stay to 
listen. Greg says that you can say a lot 
of things to a hat that you can't say to 
a person. 

Greg came home on August 16, just 
in time to return to Radford Univer- 
sity, where he is a senior majoring in 
philosophy and religion and minoring 
in dance. At Radford he is active in 
Inter- Varsity Christian Fellowship 

and serves as the 

Grumbling Family Honored at Flora Missions and 
For Ten Years of Pastoral Service 

Flora, Ind. — Members and friends of the Flora First Breth- 
ren Church honored Pastor Alvin Grumbling and his family 
for their ten years of service to the congregation at a sur- 
prise recognition program on Sunday evening, August 24. 

The evening fellowship was announced as an all-church 
homemade ice cream social, sponsored by the Sojourners 
Sunday school class. But unknown to the Grumblings, the 
deacon board was also planning the surprise recognition. 

The recognition program began with songs and prayer, led 
by Sunday school superintendent Steve Brummett, and 
poetry read by Mrs. Pauline Humbarger. Then Rex Over- 
holser, moderator of the church, led those present in a game 
called Bible Trivial Pursuit. 

This game had a special feature, in that the first letters of 
the correct answers, when put together, spelled out "Puerto 
Rico." This had special significance, for following the game 
the congregation presented a gift of $2,040 to the Grum- 
blings, which 

Greg Gaines at the door of his resi- 
dence in Amsterdam. 

outreach coordinator. He also works as 
a resident assistant. 

To participate in the YWAM sum- 
mer of service, Greg had to undergo 
missionary training and raise the 
$2,200 to cover all of his expenses. 

— reported by Nancy Gaines; 
submitted by Virginia Stultz 

Photo by Devon Humbarger. 

Pastor and Mrs. Alvin Grumbling and son Gary. 
October 1986 

they are to 
use to visit 
their son 
Dennis and 
his wife, 
Heidi, in 
Puerto Rico. 
The Grum- 
blings plan 
to make the 
trip in 
— reported by 
Mrs. Freda 

A group of 


is being formed to purchase 


for the purpose of renovating it into 

office space for all the 



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Word from the David Loi family in 

Malaysia indicates that son Stephen 
(age 9) has been diagnosed as having a 
condition called lymphocytosis. Bone 
marrow tests are being made to deter- 
mine the extent of the condition and 
the proper treatment. Remember 
Stephen and his family in prayer. 

Shortly after the Logan family re- 
turned to Colombia on August 28th, 
son John Mark was bitten on the lip 
and finger by something during the 
night. Since the source of the bite 
could not be determined, rabies pre- 
vention was necessary. A new, less 
painful vaccine developed in France 
was provided by that government 
through the French Embassy in Co- 
lombia. At last report, all was well. 
The family and all concerned give 
thanks to God for His mercy. 

When a tornado destroyed the barn 

Wilbur and Betty Blacksten were or- 
dained deacon and deaconess in the Lin- 
wood, Md., Brethren Church during the 
morning worship service on Sunday, 
June 22. 

Wilbur has been a member of the Lin- 
wood congregation since 1939 and Betty 
since 1959. Wilbur also serves as a trus- 
tee of the church, and Betty is a teacher 
in the junior department of the Sunday 
school and chair person of the floral com- 
mittee. They have two grown children, 
both of whom are members of the Lin- 
wood congregation. 


of Bryan, Ohio, First Brethren 
Church members Floris and Irene 
Mitchell, the men of the congregation 
showed their love for a brother and 
sister in need by going to the site sev- 
eral times to clean up the debris. 

Initial services were held September 
28 in the newly purchased Brethren 
Church building in Mexico City. Ten 
charter members were received, and 
the pastor, Rogellio Herrerla, and his 
wife, Maria, were installed by Dr. 

Juan Carlos Miranda, Rev. Curillo 
Ruiz, and Missionary Board Executive 
Director James R. Black. This is the 
second Brethren Church building in 
Mexico City. 

Overhead projectors are needed for 
Mexico. If your church has a projector 
that it would be willing to donate to 
the Evangelical Bible Institute of 
Mexico City (where The Brethren 
Church has people in training), please 
contact the Missionary Board. 

In Memory 

John H. Lichty, 80, September 11. Mem- 
ber, deacon, and Sunday school teacher for 
many years of the First Brethren Church 
of Falls City. Services by James Thomas, 
pastor. Mr. Lichty served on the Ashland 
College Board of Trustees for 25 years. 
Carl L. Stouffer, 96, September 4. Mem- 
ber and deacon emeritus of the First Breth- 
ren Church of Hagerstown. Services by 
Harold E. Bamett, pastor. Mr. Stouffer was 
the oldest living member of the 
Hagerstown First Brethren Church at the 
time of his death. 

Leona M. Johnston, 72, August 29. Mem- 
ber since 1977 of the First Brethren 
Church of Pittsburgh. Services by Norman 
D. Long, pastor. 

Mabel Bellomy, 82, August 27. Member 
since 1914 of The Brethren Church in New 
Lebanon. Services by Robert Dillard, pas- 

John Sherman Clayton, 97, August 26. 
Member for 58 yesirs of The Brethren 
Church in New Lebanon. Services by 
Robert Dillard, pastor. Mr. Clayton was 
the father of Dr. Glenn L. Clayton, former 
president of Ashland College. 
Frank M. Lewallen, 71, August 24. Mem- 
ber for 33 years of the Mulvane Brethren 
Church. Services by Reilly Smith, pastor. 
Mr. Lewallen served the Mulvane Church 
as a Sunday school teacher emd wsis church 
moderator at the time of his death. 
Howard Fisher, 84, August 18. Charter 
member of the Ardmore Brethren Church; 
moved to Bradenton, Fla., in 1979, where 
he attended the Bradenton Brethren 
Church. Memorial service held September 
14 at the Ardmore Brethren Church. 
Stella Tomlinson, 77, August 17. Mem- 
ber of the Ardmore Brethren Church. Serv- 
ices by Gene A. Eckerley, pastor. 
David H. Bradenburg, 70, August 11. 
Charter member of the Tampa Town and 
Country Community (Brethren) Church 
and former member of the Dayton Hillcrest 
Brethren Church. Services at the Town 
and Country Community Church by Dale 
Ru Lon, pastor. Mr. Brandenburg was ac- 
tive in the National Laymen's Organiza- 
tion, which he served as assistant secretary 
for several years. He served the Florida 
District as treasurer for three years and as 
Men's Representative on the Ministry of 
Administration for several years. He was a 
member of the building committee of the 
Town and Country Church. 

Russell E. Miller, 79, August 4. Member 
of the First Brethren Church of Bryan. 
Services by Marlin L. McCann, pastor. 
Woodrow W. Marks, 71, June 23. Mem- 
ber and former trustee of the First Breth- 
ren Church of Hagerstown. Services by 
Harold E. Bamett, pastor. 


Kimberly Kline to Robert Hamer, Sep- 
tember 27, in Greencastle, Pa.; Daniel 
Leister, bride's cousin, officiating. Bride a 
member of the Wayne Heights Brethren 

Kim Creager to Mike Casper, August 23, 
at the First Brethren Church of North 
Memchester; Archie Nevins, pastor, of- 
ficiating. Bride a member of the North 
Mamchester First Brethren Church. 
Diana Kay Proffitt to Derrin Kaye 
Brenner, August 23, at the Gretna Breth- 
ren Church; James F. Black, pastor, of- 

Paige Knee to Rick Warren, June 14, at 
the College Comer Brethren Church; Rev. 
Dana Biggs, brother-in-law of the bride, of- 
ficiating. Members of the College Comer 
Brethren Church. 


Merle and Myrtle Heck, 55th, October 
15. Members of the Dayton Hillcrest Breth- 
ren Church. 

James and Violet Norris, 60th, Sep- 
tember 19. Members of the St. James 
Brethren Church. 

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Ely, 50th, September 
8. Members of the Johnstown Second 
Brethren Church. 

Ralph and Leah Steele, 60th, August 23. 
Mrs. Steele a member of the Raystown 
Brethren Church. 

Kermit and Elsie Cross, 60th, August 21. 
Members of the First Brethren Church of 

Clarence and Naomi Surbey, 50th, July 
12. Members of the College Comer Breth- 
ren Church. 

Membership Growtii 

Gratis: 1 by baptism 

Garber: 1 by baptism 

Pittsburgh: 2 by baptism 

New Lebanon: 6 by baptism 

Peru: 4 by baptism, 2 by transfer 

The Brethren Evangeust 

Little Crusader 

Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder 
them; for to such iieiongs the idngdom of heaven" (Matt. 19:14). 


David was a child like you. He played with his brothers. He ran through the fields. He cud- 
dled the lambs in his father's flock. 

One day Jesse, his father, said, "David, you are old enough to watch the sheep for me." 

David was pleased that Dad was trusting him with his flock. "I'll take good care of them. I'll 
find the best grass and water for them every day." 

"You must do more than that," Dad said. "You will need to keep wild animals from stealing 
any of the sheep. You will need to watch carefully so none of the lambs wander away." 

"I can do that," David replied. 

David took his sling to the field with him. When he saw a wild animal trying to sneak up on a 
sheep, he would put a stone in the sling. Then he would swing the sling around and around. 
Suddenly he would let go of one end. Away sailed the stone, straight to the animal. It didn't get 
any of David's sheep for its dinner! 

David took his harp to the field with him, too. When the sheep were resting, he sat on the 
grass with them. He played his harp and sang. Often he made up the songs he sang. They were 
songs about God and His loving care. You probably know one of David's songs. It begins, "The 
Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." That's Psalm 23. David knew that just as he loved and 
cared for his sheep, God loved and cared for him. Do you know that God is like a shepherd to 

Matching Meanings 

Draw lines to match these words from the story with their meanings. 

1 . sheep 

2. harp 

3. sling 

4. flock 

5. grass 

6. lamb 

7. shepherd 

a. a stringed musical instrument. 

b. a strip of leather for throwing stones. 

c. an animal raised for wool and meat. 

d. green plants. 

e. a person who cares for sheep, ^o— AjJ^ 

f. a group of sheep. 

g. a young sheep. 

The Twenty-Third Psalm 

Use the code at the right to help you answer this question: What did David 
mean when he said, "The Lord is my shepherd"? 

14 30 8 24 30 44 10 38 2 28 8 6 2 36 10 38 12 30 36 26 10. 


October 1986 


Ashland College 
and The 
Brethren Church 

Partnership in Excellence! 

The future belongs to those who prepare for it. Ashland College is 
proud of its record of educating hundreds of students who serve in many 
capacities in The Brethren Church — both as ministerial and as lay 

The church has made this possible by its generous support of the 
Educational Day Offering and by sending its young people to Ashland 

• Ashland College is the only college of The Brethren Church. 

• Much of the church leadership comes through Ashland College and Ashland 
Theological Seminary. 

• Students attending AC have the opportunity for involve- ^ /d < i^ 
ment in the life and activities of The Brethren Church. ^ ^ ' -^ 

• Ashland College offers special scholarships to Brethren P 5 ^ 
students. „ -' '^ 

• Ashland College is a private college, preparing students 
for a special mission — The Brethren Church. 

Support Ashland College through the Educational Day 

Prospective Brethren students should call the following for 
more information: 

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Oakville First Brethren Church Harvest Daze 

See page 4. 


c ■•- 

by Alvin Shifflett 

Caretakers of the Keys 

"And I will give unto thee the keys 
of the kingdom of heaven: . . . ." 

Matthew 16:19 

A FESTIVE atmosphere pre- 
vailed in the city of Caesarea 
in the spring of A.D. 70. The Medi- 
terranean port was packed with 
noisy soldiers brought by the Roman 
General Titus from Egypt. Eighty 
thousand soldiers — Romans, Arabs, 
and Syrians — carried out exercises, 
cleaned their weapons, ate, drank, 
played dice or slept, and waited. 

In his headquarters General Titus 
held meetings with his staff, re- 
ceived reports on the internal strug- 
gles in Jerusalem, and consulted 
with Flavins Josephus, better 
known for his pen than his sword. 
Josephus, who would later author 
The Wars of the Jews, was a traitor. 
No good Jew would uphold him be- 
cause of the part he would play in 
the destruction of Jerusalem. 


Sixty-five miles to the southeast, 
on a hill more than 2,000 feet high, 
perched Jerusalem, looking more 
like a citadel than a city. On the 
east, facing the Valley of Jehosh- 
aphat, and on the south the walls 
were several hundred feet high. 
Enormous blocks of stone 60 feet 
long were joined together by courses 
of lead and iron clamps. Along the 
ramparts were 164 towers from 
which the surrounding areas could 
be scanned. The city was virtually 
unapproachable because of a series 
of ravines and precipices. The Tem- 
ple, as well, was like a fortress. 

Inside the city were 24,000 men, 
armed to the teeth, awaiting the ar- 
rival of Titus, his 80,000 men, and 
the traitor Josephus. 

Titus chose the northern wall for 
his initial attack. The war machines 
went into operation — battering 
rams and a gigantic new machine 
capable of hurling 100 pound stones 
more than 300 yards. 

The outer wall breached 

On May 25, A.D. 70, the Romans 
breached the outer wall. Street 
fighting followed, and eventually 
the Romans gained the upper hand, 
but only after suffering heavy losses. 
The Jewish defenders were now 
down to the last wall and the An- 
tonia Fortress, plus the Temple. But 
many Jews still believed that God 
would intervene and save the Tem- 

On June 4 the battering rams 
ceased, causing a heavy silence to 
fall over Jerusalem. The Romans 
had decided to employ a psychologi- 
cal weapon. As the silence con- 
tinued, the men and women of 
Jerusalem moved toward the walls. 
The procession grew, and soon a vast 
throng lined the ramparts and 
watched the Roman camp below. 

The ceremony staged by Titus for 
the benefit of the besieged Jews was 
just beginning. The entire Roman 
army drew up in front of the Roman 
general to receive their pay and 
food. Hundreds of chariots, collaps- 
ing beneath the weight of food they 
carried, arrived in the Roman camp. 
The massive distribution of food to 
the Roman army lasted four days, as 

the starving Jewish citizens watched 
from the ramparts. But in deathly 
silence, the Jewish people clenched 
their fists and held on. 

A week went by. Then Titus sent 
Josephus. Like a prowler, the traitor 
approached the wall. He yelled, "The 
strongest of your walls have been 
knocked down. The one remaining 
is weaker than the ones that have 
fallen. . . ." 

Screams, insults, and curses inter- 
rupted him. He turned pale and 
tried to continue. "Throw away your 
weapons; have pity on your country. 
But Josephus had to retreat as fire- 
brands, rocks, and arrows came hur- 
tling down at him. 

The battle continued, raging 
throughout a sweltering July. 
Jerusalem was disintegrating. Fam- 
ily members fought one another for 
scraps of food. Corpse-like figures 
with swollen stomachs collapsed in 
the middle of the street. 

Finally, the Antonia Fortress fell. 
Next, and last to go, was the Tem- 
ple. Titus ordered his men to spare 
the sacred building, but in their un- 
controllable rage, the soldiers set it 
on fire. Titus yelled orders to "Put 
out the fire," but to no avail. The 
fire raced through the Temple area. 

As the fire burned, Titus and a 
few of his chosen lieutenants en- 
tered the Holy of Holies, which was 
yet untouched by the fire. Like Pom- 
pey 130 years before, he was anxious 
to see the God of Israel. But all he 
saw was a bare room. The God of Is- 
rael was not to be captured by a 
Roman soldier. 

The Temple keys 

On the Temple roof, two young 
priests looked into the heavens. 
They had the Temple keys clutched 
in their fists. "Master of the Uni- 
verse," they cried, as the flames 
licked their feet and the smoke bil- 
lowed skyward, "since you have not 
thought us worthy to be your faith- 
ful servants, receive back these 
keys." And the priests threw the 
keys into the sky and themselves 
into the flames. 

Titus and his lieutenants watched 
in amazement. The keys went up 
into the billowing smoke, but no one 
ever saw them come down. Un- 
known to Titus and the priests, God 
had already given the keys to some- 
one else — His Church. [t] 

The Brethren Evangeust 

November 1986 
Volume 108, Number 10 

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Harvest Daze of the Oakville First Brethren Church 

by Marie Clowdis 

This popular church festival provides the entire community 

an opportunity for fellowship. 

Obstacles: God's Opportiuiities by William D. Walk 

Our obstacles, like those of Paul and Silas in the Book of Acts, 

can be God's opportunities to reach others with the gospel. 

When Someone Sees Me in the Bad Times by Joan Martin 
It's how we react in the bad times that gives unbelievers 
their impression of the genuineness of our Christian faith. 

Home Missions 


Ministry Pages: 

What's Happening in Home Missions? 

by James R. Black 

Developing a Home Missions Spirit 12 

by the Brethren Home Missions Pastors 

First Anniversary Celebration at Scioto Brethren Fellowship 13 

by Roger O. Stogsdill 

Frustration and Joy at Smoky Row Brethren Church 14 

by Dale R. Stoffer 

An Open Letter to Fred by James Miller 14 

Building for Growth at Bloomingdale Community Church 15 

by Charles F. Ankney 

Departmen ts 

The Salt Shaker 

6^ Alvin Shifflett 


Peace Points of View^ 

Readers' Forum 


Update 16 

From the Grape Vine 22 

Little Crusader Page 23 

by Alberta Holsinger 


This year's Harvest Daze festival of the Oakville, Ind., First Brethren 
Church was an extra special occasion, for it was also a celebration of the 
100th anniversary of the church. Pictured are, top left, farm implement 
building on the Keith Orebaugh farm transformed into the Brethren Bros. 
General Store for the festival; top right, Susan House wearing Brethren 
prayer cap and an Amish dress, preparing Indian Frye Bread; bottom left, 
Rodney Seffrin, blacksmith apprentice, working at the anvil; and bottom 
right, Keith Orebaugh (r.) and Dave Reum pitching wheat into a threshing 
machine. See story on next page. 

Answers to Little Crusader Page: We Are Thankful — Anything for 
which you are thankful that begins with the proper letter is correct. Thankful 
Hunt — 1. Lord Jesus; 2. My Family; 3. Friend(s); 4. Home; 5. Food. 

November 1986 

Harvest Daze 

Of the Oakville First Brethren Church 

By Marie Clowdis 

Two or three ladies from the 
Oakville, Ind., First Brethren 
Church sat on the bleachers at a 
girls' Softball game in August 1977. 
While watching the game, they dis- 
cussed ways to raise money toward 
the building of a new parsonage. 
One idea suggested was to have a 
bazaar in September. 

With further discussion, the idea 
began to take shape, and definite 
plans were made. One problem, how- 
ever, was the limited space at the 
church, especially for parking. This 
problem was solved when Keith and 
Betty Orebaugh volunteered their 
farm for the event. 

The committee wasn't planning 
anything really big — just some- 
thing for church members and 
nearby neighbors — until they 
realized that the publicity chairman 
had sent mailers to over 3,000 
homes in five surrounding rural 
routes and had made announce- 

Mrs. Clowdis is a member of the Oak- 
ville, Ind., First Brethren Church. 

Worshipers share a few moments of informal fellowship during the Harvest Daze 
Sunday morning worship service, which was held under a big tent on the Keith and 
Betty Orebaugh farm. 

Kermit Cross demonstrates what hap- 
pened to Brethren men who didn't grow 
beards for the Oakville centennial year 
Harvest Daze. 

ments to the rest of the general pub- 
lic via local radio stations and news- 
papers. The committee panicked and 
began doing some BIG planning just 
three weeks before the date of the 

Thanks to this ambitious publicity 
chairman, the bazaar, dubbed "Har- 
vest Daze," was a big success. Since 
that time Harvest Daze has grovm 
progressively larger. Succeeding fes- 
tivals were held in 1979, 1981, 1983, 
and, most recently, on September 20 
of this year as part of Oakville First 
Brethren Church's centennial cele- 

Although a monetary profit has 
been realized from each Harvest 
Daze, the primary aim of the festival 
is to be a social event at which fel- 
lowship abounds and where 
everyone has a good time without 
spending a lot of money. This is one 
activity of the Oakville Church 
which truly offers everyone an op- 
portunity to work and play together, 
as members unite talents and ener- 
gies for a day of sharing the love and 
Spirit of God, not just with one 

another but with himdreds of people 
fi-om every direction. 

The dawning of Harvest Daze 
finds the Orebaugh farm trans- 
ported back in time to pioneer days. 
Visitors are greeted by the roar of 
old-time threshing machines, the 
clang of a blacksmith's hammer, the 
hiss of steam engines, the creak of 
leather horse collars as 19th century 
buggies carry 20th century passen- 
gers, the soft rhythmic sound fi-om 
engines of Model T and Model A 
Fords, and that most pleasurable 
sound of all — laughter. 

Live entertainment — particu- 
larly local musical talent — is pro- 
vided throughout the day under a 
large canvas tent erected a few days 
earlier. Bales of straw provide ample 
seating for those who wish to sit 
and enjoy the entertainment or just 

For the day, the Orebaugh's mam- 
moth farm implement storage build- 
ing is converted into the Brethren 
Brothers' General Store, where all 
manner of homemade items are for 
sale. Freshly -baked sweet rolls, 

The Brethren Evangeust 

Zona Davis (I.) of Guideposts 
magazine presented a check for $1,000 to 
(I. to r.) Nancy and Becky Reese and 
Oakville Pastor Wes Ellis during this 
year's Harvest Daze Sunday worship 
service. Guideposts presented the check 
and its September 1986 "Families Are 
Forever" award to the Oakville First 
Brethren Church "for acting as a real 
family to members of its congregation 
and community in need — and for work- 
ing to understand and embrace the needs 
of those who are 'different.' " An account 
of the Oakville congregation's ministry to 
the Reese family appeared in the July/ 
August 1984 EvANGEUST and in the Sep- 
tember 1986 Guideposts. 

cookies, noodles, candies, jams, jel- 
lies, and relishes don't last long at 
this general store. Spinning, tatting, 
basket making, chair caning, and 
weaving are a few of the crafts 
demonstrated at the festival. 

Children keep busy playing old- 
fashioned games and trying their 
hands at craft projects. Candle dip- 
ping is a favorite activity of kids, 
yoiing and old. Sack and three-leg- 
ged races give the children a chance 
to appreciate how boys and girls en- 
tertained themselves before televi- 
sion and video games were invented. 

Cooking fires start early on Har- 
vest Daze. In fact, whole hogs begin 
rotating over fire pits while the 
stars are still shining. At the first 
sign of daylight, fires are lit beneath 
large black kettles full of ham and 
beans, which will be served for the 
noon meal. By midday the air is full 
of the aroma of other foods: Indian 
frye bread, carmel com, apple cider, 
lemonade, and the pork — which 
will be served plain, smoked, or bar- 
bequed at the evening meal. 

One tasty food item that has be- 
come a popular product of Harvest 
Daze is apple butter — cooked in a 
copper kettle and canned in pint 
jars. Both sweetened and unsweeten 
apple butter are always in demand. 

One bubbling iron kettle is off- 
limits to nibblers. It contains the in- 
gredients for old-fashioned lye soap. 
Many cakes of this cleaning agent 
(also rumored to cure poison ivy) are 
made and sold. 

Another popular item, one that 
(continued on next page) 

1986 Harvest Daze Update 

The accompanying article was written before this year's Harvest Daze actu- 
ally took place. In the following paragraphs, Mrs. Clowdis gives an update of 
this year's event. 

It rained . . . aind rained . . . during the week leading up to Harvest Daize. 
Even at midnight of the night before our "big day," it poured. 

Bales of straw, destined to provide seating for the hundreds of people that 
would watch the entertainment on Saturday and to serve as pews for those who 
would come to worship under the tent-tumed-sanctuary on Sunday, had to lie 
on the wagons inside the farm implement building. This building, too, had to 
wait until Saturday morning (Harvest Daze) before it could be converted into 
the Brethren Brothers' General Store. 

Everyone and everything had to wait — a difficult thing to do when the 
brain keeps sending urgent messages that things need to be done NOW! 

But on Saturday morning, before the people arrived, the bales of straw did 
become seating, the implement building did become a store, cooking fires did 
get lit. And even though there was a brief spell of drizzle, the rain ceased and 
people CEime . . . and came. 

Fellowship flourished. Friends who had not seen one another for weeks, 
months, even years were together, hugging and shaking hands enthusiasti- 
cally. It was good! 

The blessing God provided in the form of money (nearly $3,000) to be given 
to charities and missions did not exceed the blessings of joy and love we experi- 
enced during the events on Saturday, the worship service on Sunday, £ind even 
during the cleaning-up process afterward. 

Someone said that Harvest Daze is the only true form of fellowship that 
this community ever experiences. We're not sure it's fair to the community to 
say "the only true form." But we agree that it is one of the purest forms. 

Sunday morning worship was unique, a mix of the old and new. 

It felt very Brethren-ish to sit together on bales of straw in our old- 
fashioned g£irb. The television cameras and news people who had come to tele- 
vise the presentation of the Guideposts award to our congregation seemed out 
of place. What was real was the love of the Holy Spirit that had flowed through 
our congregation to Jim, Nancy, £tnd Becky Reese during their time of need 
months earlier. This had been a family-tjrpe response, true to the Brethren. 

Another pairt of this very special service was the installation of two new 
deacon and deaconess couples — Haldon and Sandra Ashton and Lsirry and 
Nancy Shirey. In addition, the BYC presented to the church the Southern In- 
diana District Rally Banner, which the youth had been awarded for having the 
best attendance at a youth rally and for being the most active BYC. 

Truly, this 100th year at the First Brethren Church of Oakville has been 
an outstetnding one in the life of our congregation. 

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The Centennial Quilt, made for this 
year's Harvest Daze, depicts traditions 
and activities significant to the Oakville 

has attained the status of a tradi- 
tion, is the Harvest Daze quilt. Each 
of these quilts has had its own 
unique design, generally reflecting 
the theme of the particular festival. 
The women of the church contribute 
much time, talent, and energy to the 
creation of these quilts. 

Various ideas from the Brethren 
faith and from the Oakville congre- 
gation's traditions and activities 
were incorporated into the 1986 
Harvest Daze quilt. This was 
achieved by using applique, cross- 
stitch, and embroidery work to 
create a stained-glass design. 

Each panel of the stained-glass 
window is a different picture. For 
example, one panel is a campfire, 
representing Camp Shipshewana; 
another is chain links forming a cir- 
cle, representing the prayer chain; 
another is a foot tub and towel, rep- 
resenting footwashing; etc. This 
quilt was named the Centennial 
Quilt, in recognition of the fact that 
this is the 100th anniversary of the 
First Brethren Church of Oakville. 

The profits from Harvest Daze are 
given to missions at home and 
abroad. In the past, some of the 
money was used to make improve- 
ments to the church building. All of 
the profits from the 1986 Harvest 
Daze will be used for outreach 
through the American Red Cross, 
Ashland Theological Seminary, 
Heifer Project International, Logo 
Pedics, and Believer's Gift. 

It is the desire of the congregation 
of the First Brethren Church of Oak- 
ville to touch as many lives as possi- 
ble with the resources entrusted to 
its members by a generous and lov- 
ing God. [t] 

Evangelistic Encounters in ttie Boole of Acts 


God's Opportunities 

By William D. Walk 

HAVE you ever made a visit on 
behalf of the church and the 
Lord? While knocking on the door, 
did you think, "I hope no one is 

An outreach team from First Wes- 
leyan Church in Roanoke, Va., 
knocked on a door. A man answered 
the door with a gun in his hand. I 
think for awhile that outreach team 
wished that no one had been home. 
Talk about obstacles! 

Paul and Silas faced obstacles. 
What did they encounter? How did 
they handle it? What can we learn 
from their experiences? In Acts 
16:16-34 we find three obstacles that 
Paul and Silas faced which we also 
may encounter. They are interrup- 
tions, hostility, and imprisonment. 


While Paul and Silas were at- 
tempting to present the gospel in 
Philippi, they were continually in- 
terrupted by a slave girl with a 
spirit of divination. She kept follow- 
ing them around shouting, "These 
men are servants of the Most High 
God, who are telling you the way to 
be saved" (Acts 16:17, NIV). 

We, too, encounter interruptions 
when we attempt to witness for 
Christ. The telephone, television, 
children, company. Have you ever 
encountered any of these while mak- 
ing a visit on behalf of the church? If 
not, maybe you need to make a few 
more calls! 

Once while making an evangelis- 
tic call, another person and I were 
getting ready to present the gospel. 
But the children kept coming into 
the room. They would leave, then 
come back again. They were a real 

Rev. Walk is pastor of the First 
Brethren Church of North Georgetown, 

interruption. Finally, the person 
making the visit with me took the 
children to another room and played 
games with them. While they were 
gone, the parents both prayed to re- 
ceive Christ. They later became ac- 
tive in the church. 

I could have become angry with 
the children. I could have told their 
parents to do something with these 
wild kids. But if I had, I would have 
lost an opportunity to lead this 
couple to Christ. But by being sensi- 
tive to the leading of the Spirit and 
by working together, my partner 
and I were able to lead this couple to 
Christ. And as a result, the Lord 
was glorified. 

We are not likely to be inter- 
rupted by a slave girl filled with a 
spirit of divination, who tells who 
we are and what we are planning to 
do before we are ready to do it. This 
is not the kind of obstacle we are apt 
to encounter. 

But we do encounter interrup- 
tions. Therefore we must plan how 
we will deal with some of those in- 
terruptions before they become a re- 
ality. We must pray that God will 
give us the grace to handle them 
wisely when they occur. And most of 
all, we must let love lead the way. 


Paul and Silas were interrupted 
by a girl with a spirit of divination. 
Paul dealt with this interruption by 
casting a demon out of the slave girl. 
But in doing so, he incurrred the 
wrath and hostility of those men 
who had come to rely on this girl's 
powers for their livelihood. In re- 
sponse, these men had Paul and 
Silas beaten and sent to prison. 

When we witness for Christ, we 
touch the nerves of others and find 
ourselves in hostile situations. Many 
people do not want to hear the gos- 
pel. Some people do not want Bible 
study and prayer groups meeting in 

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homes in their neighborhoods. 
Therefore, when we take steps to 
start a new chxirch or to enlarge a 
present one by forming such groups, 
we encounter hostility. 

In addition, we sometimes find 
ourselves in threatening situations 
or in dangerous places. Several 
years ago I did some outreach work 
in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The place of 
our assignment was "the Strip," the 
roughest place in Ft. Lauderdale. 

"If God hasn't chosen to 
release you from your 
prison, maybe it's be- 
cause He wants you to 
witness to your jailer." 

We stopped people on the street. 
We asked them questions. Then we 
tried to present the gospel. What if 
we stopped a drug dealer or pusher? 
What if we stopped a prostitute 
whose pimp was just around the 
comer? We learned to pray in a 
hurry — with our eyes open! 

But in addition to people who are 
hostile to our witness, we face an 
enemy who cannot be seen. I speak 
of Satan. Of course, he does not want 
the Gospel of Christ to spread. 

When we encounter hostility, we 
often respond in one of two ways. At 
one extreme, we run ahead with 
reckless abandon, throwing all cau- 
tion to the wind, thus destroying our 
opportunity to witness. Or at the 
other extreme, we run the other 
way, taking no risk on witnessing. 

Needless to say, no one will be 
won to Christ by either response. 
But just as with interruptions, if we 
plan and pray, we can overcome hos- 
tilities before they surface. We must 
let love prevail so that the seed of 
the gospel can take root and grow. 


The third obstacle faced by Paul 
and Silas was imprisonment. Talk 
about the pits! How can the Gospel 
of Christ be shared in a situation 
like this? 

Perhaps you're thinking, "I've 
never been to prison, so these verses 
of Scripture have nothing to say to 
me. As long as I live right, I should 
be able to avoid prison." 

Maybe that's true. But maybe it 
isn't. Suppose you were arrested for 
having a Bible study in your home. 
When you refused to stop the study, 
you were arrested again. This time 
you are put into prison for contempt 
of court. If this happened, would you 
sing at midnight? For that matter, 
would you sing at any time? 

But we sometimes encounter other 
kinds of prisons that don't have bars 
at the windows or guards at the 
door. Perhaps you reside in a rest 
home or are confined to a hospital. 
Or perhaps you are a "shut-in" in 
your own or someone else's home. 
That could be your prison. God gives 
us many opportunities to share our 
faith with those who care for us in 
these settings. How He would rejoice 
if He saw us faithfully praising Him 
in such circumstances! 

Paul and Silas sang praises to God 
while they were in prison. Through 
their singing, they not only rejoiced 
in the Lord, but they also shared the 
Good News of Christ. The Lord hon- 
ored their faithfulness. They were 
released from prison, and the jailer 
and his family were brought into the 
family of God. 

If God hasn't chosen to release you 
from your prison, maybe it's because 
He wants you to witness to your 
jailer. Or perhaps He wants you to 
meet this obstacle and to be victori- 


No, the man who met the outreach 
team at the door with a gun in his 
hand did not accept Christ as Savior 
that night. I don't know if he ever 
did. But the Lord was still able to 
work through that obstacle. He took 
a fearful, hurting person — a police 
detective who had made some 
enemies — and brought him some 
peace and some people to talk with 
him. The Lord brought healing that 

Our obstacles can be God's oppor- 
tunities. If we pray regularly for op- 
portunities to witness, we can then 
use those opportunities for God's 
glory. God will enable us to turn our 
obstacles (interruptions, hostilities, 
imprisonment) into great oppor- 

Someone has said that when we 
face mountains, we can either allow 
them to stop us, or we can tunnel 
through them, climb over them, 
work around them, or turn them 
into gold mines. Obstacles are oppor- 
tunities. What could we accomplish 
if we believed we could not fail? 

While in the process of writing 
this article, I received a phone call 
in which I learned of the death of my 
brother-in-law, John, in an indus- 
trial accident. In the past three 
years, John had faced various obsta- 
cles as he shared his faith in Christ. 
Some of his fellow workers made fun 
of him. Some called him "Preacher." 
But others listened and knew they 
had a friend when they needed one. 
Only eternity will reveal how many 
people will be in heaven because of 
John's testimony, faithfully given 
even in the face of obstacles. 

"Our obstacles can be God's 
opportunities. If we pray 
regularly for opportunities 
to witness, we can then use 
those opportunities for 
God's glory." 

When eternity comes, will there 
be people in heaven because you re- 
mained faithful in the face of obsta- 
cles? Will there be people in heaven 
because you allowed the power of 
Christ to work in your life? 

When Jesus gave us the command 
to reach the world for Him, which 
we call the Great Commission (Matt. 
28:19-20), He preceded it with the 
words, "All power [authority] is 
given unto me in heaven and in 
earth " (28:18). With power like that 
behind us, what obstacle can stand 

m our way.' 


November 1986 

UNBELIEVERS aren't impressed 
when my life is going well. 
They like to watch me when my 
back is against the wall or when I'm 
worried. Then they ask, "What is 
God doing for you now?" They look 
at me when I'm vulnerable to see if 
my private life squares up with my 
public image. I sometimes forget 
that I must take Jesus along when I 
walk my dog or when I referee my 
children's quarrels. 

I was arranging a coffee party for 
my neighbors, most of whom were 
not Christians. I also invited Karen, 
an ardent Christian. "I'd like you to 
come and help me love these gals," I 

"Great," she replied. "We'll turn it 
into a prayer meeting." 

"No we won't," I answered. "I 
don't want to turn them away." 

"If the Spirit leads, I'll turn it into 
a prayer meeting," Karen replied 

I thought, "Are you being led by 
the Spirit, or are you determined to 
lead Him?" Within a few days I can- 
celled the party. Karen's dog had 
dumped many "a gift" on my front 
lawn. People spoke of her "pushing 
Christ" into their faces while they 
saw many incidents in her private 
life that did not impress them. I held 
the party later without her. 

Mrs. Martin is a free-lance writer liv- 
ing in Wayzata, Minnesota. 

When Someone 

Sees Me In 
The Bad Times 

"Don't tell me how you face your 
troubles," the unbeliever shouts. 
"Show me where you've had suc- 

I listened to a woman I know 
speak about her life and hurts. After 
telling about herself and her family, 
she presented Christ and asked 
people to accept Him. But there had 
been no deep struggles in her life. 

'Trouble never leaves 
us where it finds us. 
Either we become bit- 
ter or better, and 
those watching us are 
influenced either to 
learn from our lives 
or to turn a deaf ear." 

The hurts she told about were min- 
imal. She had never faced the kind 
of problems that drive many people 
to despair. I couldn't help but think, 
"I'd love to hear what Christ does for 
you when your child goes wrong or 
your marriage fails or you lose a 
loved one." Her preaching, since it 
lacked depth of experience, had done 
nothing to edify me. 

Later I heard that another woman 
I'd known for many years was 
speaking in my area. "I'll just go and 
hear Winnie," I thought. I knew that 
she had experienced deep hurts, for I 
had often prayed for her and her 
burdens. Following her message, I 

By Joan Martin 

went up to her and said, "Dear 
friend, the lovely part of yoiu- tes- 
timony was that I knew you lived 
through it with Jesus. He got bigger 
and you smaller as you talked." 

Worry is one of Satan's favorite 
tools. I used to worry about every- 
thing. If I didn't think of anything to 
worry about in the morning, I'd 
worry about that. I couldn't seem to 
give my concerns to the Lord, and 
therefore I experienced no victory. 
Philippians 4:6 says, "Don't worry 
about anything; instead, pray about 
everything; tell God your needs and 
don't forget to thank him for his an- 
swers" (TLB). 

I heard someone say, "When you 
leave here today, leave that problem 
or burden or fear here too. Refuse to 
take it with you, but hand it over to 
the Lord." By an act of my will, I 
did; then I drove toward home with 
my friend. As we neared our desti- 
nation, I thought, "Well, Lord, 
You're going to have to hurry the 
solution." We drove on, and I hung 
on to my trusting. Suddenly my 
friend gave me the solution to my 
problem in several sentences. I lis- 
tened to what she had to say because 
I knew that her words were backed 
by a close walk with God. 

Trouble never leaves us where it 
find us. Either we become bitter or 
better, and those watching us are in- 
fluenced either to learn from our 
lives or to turn a deaf ear. 

Psalm 50:15 tells us to call on God 
when we are in trouble. When my 
son was in rebellion, many neigh- 
bors, acquaintances, and friends wit- 

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nessed our hurt. When it was over, a 
woman came to my front door. "I've 
come to tell you about my daugh- 
ter," she said. "I know you won't be 
shocked because I've watched you all 
along and heard how you spoke of 
others whose kids went wrong." 

When my neighbor is sitting in 
my kitchen and the telephone rings, 
she hears my conversation. She lis- 
tens to my kids as they play in her 
family room. She hears what they 
say about our rules and our parental 
concern. She may even have oppor- 
tunity to bring in my mail and 
notice what is in it. 

"We never know when our 
private lives and our 
public images will come 
crashing into each other, 
as a baby Christian or 
an unbeliever looks on." 

When my brother died, she saw 
how I handled my sorrow. "What 
will Jesus do for her now?" she may 
have asked. "What will all the words 
she's said to others mean to her now 
that she is the one who is hurting?" 
My unbelieving friend needed to see 
that I still possessed the peace that 
passes all understanding (Phil. 4:7) 
now that it was my turn. 

I have made many moves around 
the country. I sometimes receive let- 
ters from faraway friends which say, 
"You always take the moves so well. 
I'm sure you are settled already with 
many friends." I realize how they 
see me. Because I seem to be on top 
of things, they can't express how 
hard a move has been on them. 

I always write back to say, "No, I 
don't handle it well. You have not 
seen me when I run to the Lord in 
tears and pour out all my hurt and 
loneliness. As a matter of fact, I've 
not found a close fiend yet, but I 
know God is going to give me one 
when He is ready. Please pray for 
me, for I have many bad moments." 
Then, in the letters I receive back, 
their true feelings pour out — just 
like mine. 

A young woman in our church 
seemed perfect. She proudly an- 
nounced, "I don't have any non- 
Christian friends." And her stand- 
ard answer to anyone else's prob- 
lems was, "You just have to have 

November 1986 

faith." Her self-righteous attitude 
made others feel very unspiritual. 
Therefore they never shared with 
her their hurts. 

One day this young woman discov- 
ered she needed surgery. Her faith 
went limp as a dishrag. She worried 
constantly about how she would cope 
and what would happen if the biopsy 
proved unfavorable. She kept asking 
how Gk)d could let this happen to 
her. Her "bad time" had come, and it 
showed what was really inside her. 

I stopped for a red light and the 
woman behind me didn't. When her 
car hit the back of mine, I opened 
the door and went back to see the 
damage. "I'm sorry," she apologized. 
"I was thinking of something else 
and I wasn't watching." 

Not much harm was done, and we 
parted. I thought later, "What if I 
look out from the choir next Sunday 

morning and see this woman seated 
in the pew? What will she remember 
about me? About my attitude? 
About my Christian witness?" We 
never know when our private lives 
and our public images will come 
crashing into each other, as a baby 
Christian or an unbeliever looks on. 

I can't live my life without 
scrutiny from others. The only as- 
surance I have of a sweet spirit and 
victory in trouble is to live close to 
Christ. It takes discipline to stay in 
His word and to go to Him in prayer. 
Even knowing His word isn't enough 
if I don't know Him. But if He's liv- 
ing through me, He will take me to 
people who hvirt and enable me to 
witness for Him. 

"Lord, when my bad times come, 
help me to look to You for what I 
should say and do. Let me not make 
You ashamed of my actions." [t] 

ChUtimUi^ U, . . 


Being thankful for His 


c>1986 Northwind Studios International 



Launching a New Year 

Brethren Peace Committee, Phil Lersch, Chair 

Resolved to Begin 

AS REPORTED in the September 
Evangelist, the BRETHREN 
RESOLVE FOR PEACE (as printed 
in the June Evangelist) was 
adopted without amendments by the 
delegates at General Conference. It 
was "almost unanimous." 

We greatly appreciate the support 
given this important document by 
that vote. Now our united work be- 
gins — the work of implementation. 
Let's get started. 

The body of the RESOLVE, 
sandwiched between the introduc- 
tion and brief conclusion, consists of 
five sections — identified by five 
Roman numerals, as you may recall 
— each with several subpoints. 
Those five headings and the sub- 
points form the suggestions for 
action by us all that the RESOLVE 
was designed to prompt. 

Throughout the next year or so, 
the Peace Committee will keep the 
content of the RESOLVE before you 
through various channels. And we'll 
offer ideas for implementation in 
your local churches and com- 
munities — and encourage your re- 

To begin, here again is the first 

/. To oppose tyranny, injustice, 
exploitation, and debumanization 
as interpreted from a biblical 
perspective whenever and wherev- 
er they exist. 

1. To vote against candidates, 
regardless of political affiliations, 
when they encourage or support 
such practices at home or abroad. 

2. To express our opposition to 
these practices in writing, surveys, 
telephone, and personal contact 
with political candidates and pub- 
lic officials. 

3. To encourage those whose 
conscience moves them to action to 
oppose these practices politically 

by raising questions and drawing 
attention to such evils, and using 
our resources for truth and justice. 

4. To use our resources for truth 
and justice. 

5. To encourage local congrega- 
tions to establish a Peace or Social 
Concerns Committee to aid in the 
implementation of points 1, 2, 3, 
and 4 above. 

The fulfillment of these signifi- 
cant tasks is long term. But natur- 
ally, the place to begin is with a 
definite first step. 

So, first of all, please follow 
through with number 5 above. This 
is a good place for all of us to begin. 
As soon as possible, please establish 
a Peace or Social Concerns Commit- 
tee in your congregation (if you don't 
already have one). This fall, as you 
plan for the coming year, may be a 
good time to do this. Then send me 
the following information about the 
chairperson of that group (send to 
6301 56th Avenue, N., St. Peters- 
burg, FL 33709): 


Full Address 

Phone Number 

Position Held 

Church Represented 
Educational materials and other in- 
formation can then be channeled 
through a specific person in each 
congregation. Some items will relate 

to the RESOLVE, but there will be 
other areas of concern as well. Your 
cooperation is appreciated. 

Thank You, Brethren 

A total of 27 attended the two 
workshops sponsored by the Peace 
Committee at General Conference. 
One was a slide show about "Chris- 
tian Peacemaking in a Nuclear 
Age"; the other was a panel discuss- 
sion (Harold Bamett, Dale Stoffer, 
Jeff" Weidenhamer) about Nicara- 
gua. In addition, about 30 Brethren 
Youth and advisors attended a spe- 
cial viewing of the slide show on 
another afternoon. 

Special thanks to the panelists, 
who did a superb job, and to all who 
attended. The interest in these pre- 
sentations was evident by the atten- 
tiveness of the audience and their 
comments and questions both during 
and following both workshops. 

It was also gratifying to see the 
literature stacks on the Peace dis- 
play table become noticeably small- 
er by the end of the Conference. 
Ask those who attended Conference 
to loan you what they picked up 
from the literature tables fi"om sev- 
eral different committees and 
boards. They could also be asked to 
report to the congregation about 
what they experienced. Have you 
had your "Report Night" yet? [t] 

Think It Over 

God does not give to any nation the right to be 
first in power. God desires every nation to be first in 
serving the global family, bringing its natural re- 
sources to bear on the heartache and suffering of the 

Rev. Gordon Cosby 
Church of the Savior, Washington, D.C. 


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Readers* Forum 

A column in ^vhich readers can share their thoughts and vie^vs ivith the Bretiiren. 

Loving Youth Enough to Trust Them 

After working for a year in Path- 
way, a group home for delinquent 
teenage boys, I've learned some things 
I think might aid in bringing up our 
Christian children. 

I have always said that youth are 
the future of our nation, which in- 
cludes the church. The nation's future 
is a big responsibility to put on the 
shoulders of youth, especially since 
most of us expect them to do a better 
job than we have done. It's a big re- 
sponsibility to put on youth whom, at 
this point, many adults don't trust, 
understand, or even care for. Right 
now in our society the general attitude 
toward youth is that they are a chao- 
tic, irresponsible, untrustworthy, loud- 
music-loving generation. Even adults 
in a lot of churches feel this way. Yet 
we put the responsibility of our na- 
tional future on these young people. 

The most common cause of young 
people being in trouble today is bro- 
ken homes. I'm not saying that all bro- 
ken homes produce children in trou- 
ble, nor am I saying that all troubled 
youth come from broken homes. But 
more and more homes break up each 
year, and more and more children get 
into trouble, and at younger ages. 

One thing that a broken home takes 
from a young person is close communi- 

cation with and Eiffection from people 
who really count. When these are 
gone, the pressures of the world press 
in on young people and teach them 
meiny things. Boys seem to take this 
pressure the hardest, because the 
world teaches them to keep their feel- 
ings to themselves. They are taught to 
remain "masculine" at all times, to 
never have any love for another male, 
including Christian love and 
friendship. As a result of these pres- 
sures, young people begin behaving in 
the manner the world teaches them. 

One of the things that pleased me at 
the group home is that they make an 
attempt to reestablish this communi- 
cation and affection that are lost when 
homes break up. At Pathway they also 
concentrated on reestablishing re- 
spect, responsibility, love, kindness, 
and understanding. I've always felt 
that these attributes, plus trust, are 
necessary in order for young people to 
grow normally. I also believe that 
these must continue in order for a 
young person to become a normal 
adult in society. 

Love and trust are important to 
young people. But it takes other 
things to prove love. People say, and I 
agree, that you must sometimes say 
"No" to young people and that they 

A Warrior Falls in Nappanee 

A man died in our church recently. 
His name was Oscar "Dick" Sechrist. 

Dick was 96 and had been a mail 
carrier from 1916 to 1956. He taught 
Sunday school for more than 40 years, 
and was once given the "Teacher of 
the Year Award" by the Board of 
Christian Education of The Brethren 

He was precious to me, as he was to 
all former pastors of the Nappanee 
First Brethren Church, for Dick was a 
prayer warrior. I use the word in a 
militaristic way, for Dick knew that 
we were fighting a spiritual battle. It 
was often said as a joke, but everyone 
in Nappanee knew it to be true, that 
"If you want immediate action, tell it 
to Dick, for he has a straight pipeline 
to heaven!" 

I fear for the church since Dick is 
gone. Who will take up his mantle of 
prayer? Where is the power of Elijah? 

November 1986 

Dick's going is heaven's gain, but 
earth's loss. 

The three major television networks 
were not here for his memorial serv- 
ice. Dick's passing was not published 
on the front page of the South Bend 
Tribune or even the front page of the 
Nappanee Advance News. They all 
missed it. They cried and groaned 
when Elvis died. Even so, we should 
be gnashing our teeth and fasting over 
the loss of such a vintage warrior as 
Dick Sechrist. 

I do not exaggerate when I say that 
with Dick gone, the storm clouds are 
gathering and we need to "gird up our 
loins" and run, and not walk or limp 
or crawl, as we have done in the past. 

May the memory of this great war- 
rior summon more like him for the re- 
maining battles ahead. 

Rev. Alvin Shifflett 
Dick's Pastor 

sometimes want you to say "No" so 
that they know you love them. 

I also believe, however, that young 
people need to be trusted. I know from 
experience that a person may love 
another person with all his heart, but 
if that person who is loved is not also 
trusted, he doesn't know that he is 
loved. I believe that you ceui say "No" 
to a young person and still trust him. 
The hard part is figuring out whether 
you are saying "No" because you love 
or because you don't trust. 

Trust is more important than many 
people want to believe. In I Corinthi- 
£ins 13, trust is mentioned as one of 
the attributes of love. Yet some par- 
ents don't trust their children. Young 
people who grow up without trust 
seem to strive harder to prove them- 
selves to others, and they run into a 
lot of problems as a result. Some of 
these young people grow up with very 
low self-esteem and find it hard to 
make decisions when they leave home 
and get away from their untrusting 
parents. Trust gives one the ability to 
make confident, well-thought-out deci- 
sions, and when trust isn't there, a 
young person feels lost. 

To recap, the future of our nation is 
a big responsibility to put on youth, 
but it is a reality. Someone once said, 
"You must make mistakes before you 
can learn from them. This means that 
we must love our youth enough to let 
them make misteikes. We need to let 
them make mistakes, then teach them 
to take responsibility for their actions 
and to learn from their mistakes. I 
know it's a lot to ask, but if we are 
going to force the future of our nation, 
including the future of the church, on 
our youth, we must trust them to do 
as good a job as we have done, if not 

Our youth today deserve to be 
trusted. They do a lot of good for us. 
Remember, love always perseveres, al- 
ways hopes, always protects, and al- 
ways trusts. 

Michael Warner 

Mr. Warner is a member of the First 
Brethren Church of North Manchester, 
Ind. He now lives in North Canton, Ohio, 
where he attends the Trinity Brethren 
Church. He is a former Brethren Youth 
Summer Crusader. He also spent one 
year in Brethren Volunteer Service, dur- 
ing which he worked at Pathway. 



What's Happening In Home Missions? 

NOVEMBER again, and time to emphasize 
Home Missions. One year ago I wrote a brief 
article entitled "What's Happening In Home Mis- 
sions?" I can't improve upon that title, so here I go 
again. What's happening in Home Missions? 

At the present time, there are 16 Home Mission 
congregations in various stages of development. 
Also, several classes are being considered, and we 
anticipate the announcing of at least two more lo- 
cations in the near future. 

As stated on other occasions, there remains the 
need for committed people to locate in areas of 
new classes and congregations to assist in the de- 
velopment of the work. These we call "Tentmak- 

The Missionary Board has approved the addi- 
tion of a staff person whose responsibility it will 
be to supervise the Home Mission pastors and con- 
gregations. This person should be in place early in 

1987. Of course, your prayers and support of this 
supervisor are solicited. 

The Hispanic challenge continues to be a vital 
part of the North American ministry. Dr. Juan 
Carlos Miranda will give more time to develop- 
ment of new Brethren Hispanic work, with Rev. 
Vidal Juarez assuming responsibility for the 
Pasadena Church. If you know of "pockets" of His- 
panics that might be responsive to a Brethren wit- 
ness, please contact the Missionary Board office. 

Readers in areas without a Brethren witness . . . 
why not be that witness? Write the Missionary 
Board office if you are willing to be involved in or- 
ganizing a class or Brethren congregation in your 

Let's make 1987 a banner year for Home Mis- 

James R. Black, Executive Director 
Missionary Board of The Brethren Church 

Developing a Home Missions Spirit 

THE Brethren Home Missions 
pastors held their second annual 
Home Missions Conference in Col- 
umbus, Ohio, June 9 and 10. Rev. 
Bill Kemer, himself a former Home 
Missions pastor, served as the re- 
source leader for the conference and 
presented ideas on what makes a 
successful pastorate. The pastors 
were also able to share ideas, con- 
sider various concerns, and encour- 
age one another. 

One of the ideas expressed was 
that we as a denomination make a 
concerted effort to develop a Home 
Missions spirit. A number of our 
churches have shown a commenda- 
ble interest and involvement in the 
Home Mission work of the brother- 
hood. But desiring to broaden this 
interest, the Home Missions pastors 
presented the following list of 
suggestions as a means for deepen- 
ing the Home Missions spirit in the 

What can individuals do to develop 
a Home Missions spirit? 


1. Pray for the Home Mission 
works and their pastors. In order to 
make your prayers specific, keep the 
"Praise and Prayer" letter from the 
Missionary Board at hand. Many 
churches mail this letter with their 
monthly newsletter. If your church 
does not do so, consider this. 

2. Participate in the Growth 
Partners Club. With the costs of 
land and building escalating, par- 
ticipating in this club is an excellent 
means of contributing tangibly to 
the expansion of our Home Mission 

3. Consider tentmaking. Since we 
are a small denomination, building 
a solid core group can take time. If 
more Brethren indivduals and 
families who are grounded in the 
faith would commit themselves to 
serving as tentmakers, oiu- new 
works could move ahead more 
quickly. Guidelines for service as 
tentmakers are available from the 
Missionary Board. 

4. Consider starting a Brethren 

class. With one in five families mov- 
ing every year, many Brethren 
familes move into areas that have 
no Brethren chiu"ch. One of the best 
means of starting new Brethren 
works is for such families to begin a 
Brethren class (a home Bible study) 
with interested neighbors or fellow 
Brethren. If you have an interest in 
this or if you wonder what is in- 
volved in starting a class, write the 
Missionary Board. 

What can churches do to develop a 
Home Missions spirit? 

1. Pray! The united prayers of 
(Jod's people are the most powerful 
force for extending the work of The 
Brethren Church. 

2. Educate your people about our 
Home Mission works. Home Mis- 
sions month in November is an ex- 
cellent time to inform your congre- 
gation of the various church-plant- 
ing enterprises in the church. In ad- 
dition, encourage your people to 
write words of support to the mis- 
sion pastors and churches. 

The Brethren Evangeust 

3. Adopt a Home Mission work. 
Your church or possibly one of your 
Sunday school classes or auxiliaries 
may want to select one mission work 
to support with your prayers, corres- 
pondence, and finances. 

4. Encourage involvement in the 
Growth Partners Club. Can you im- 
agine what could be done if every 
member of The Brethren Church 
were a member of this club? Gifts to 
new churches would average 
$300,000 instead of the current 

5. Support Home Missions 
through your offerings. Seek to meet 
the support goal for missions ($42 
per member) established by (Jeneral 

6. Extend loans to Home Mission 
churches. If you have surplus funds, 

why not make them available for 
the Lord's work! Tliink of the minis- 
try your money could be having as 
low-interest (or no-interest) loans to 
mission churches buying land or 
building a first unit. Such loans can 
best be administered through the 
Missionary Board's Revolving Fund. 

7. Provide the support for a mis- 
sion pastor. One church or several 
churches might consider taking over 
the salary of a mission pastor, 
thereby making it possible to plant 
more chxirches. Your church might 
even take another person on staff 
with the understanding that he 
would be responsible for starting a 
new congregation. 

8. Challenge young people with 
pastoral and missionary work. One 
of the most important respon- 

sibilities of any church is to be con- 
cerned about its future leadership. A 
church that is not setting apart 
young men and women to serve the 
church locally and denominationally 
is a church with a bankrupt future. 
We encourage every individual 
and chiu-ch in the brotherhood to 
consider these suggestions seriously 
and to begin today deepening the 
Home Missions spirit among us. The 
Lord will honor such conmiitment! 
Your servants in Jesus Christ, 

Charles Ankney, Bloomingdale 

Gerald Barr, Sarver 

Steve Cole, New£irk 

Jim Miller, Carmel 

Robert Mitchell, Mesa 

Robert Payne, Hickory 

Dale Ru Lon, Town and Counti^f 

Dale Stoffer, Columbus 

Roger Stogsdill, Columbus 

First Anniversary Celebration 
At Scioto Brethren Fellowship 

By Pastor Roger O. Stogsdill 

SCIOTO Brethren Fellowship 
celebrated its first anniversary 
September 14. "Pray Without Ceas- 
ing" was the theme of the worship 
service. In my message for this serv- 
ice, I emphasized that ceaseless 
prayer requires humility. We must 
remember that we come before the 
Almighty God as sinners. Even so, 
we can come with a measure of con- 
fidence because of Christ's work on 
the cross. 

I also pointed out that ceaseless 
prayer seeks God and His will, and 
it perseveres in order to tap into 
God's strength through the Holy 
Spirit. I then challenged each person 
to write down three specific prayer 
requests to be handed in, which I 
could include on my prayer list. 

We closed the service with singing 
and a time of prayer. During the 
singing of "Seek Ye First," the 
people came forward to place their 
requests in a basket. After the song, 
they joined hands for a time of 
prayer for one another and for their 
requests. Following the service, all 
were invited to our home for a cook- 

During the past year our group 
has had three major emphases. The 

November 1986 

Scioto members gathered for a cookout are (I. to r.) Pastor Roger and Kim 
Stogsdill, Jeff and Kim Chittenden, Bill Deardurff with children Luke and Amber, 
Jan Henderson, and Dennis Kreais. 

first was Bible study. We must study 
God's word regularly in order to 
benefit fi-om its guidance. 

The second emphasis was worship. 
Since the group is still in its infancy, 
we have had few of the "extras" in 
worship (piano accompaniment, spe- 
cial music, etc.). In some respects 
this has been a blessing. The poten- 
tial distractions have been minimal, 
allowing each individual to focus 

upon the Lord. 

The third emphasis was sharing. 
Even though our group is small, the 
members have varied backgrounds. 
Each person has been able to share 
his or her knowledge and abilities 
with the others. This has created a 
deep sense of fellowship. 

We pray for God's continued bless- 
ing upon us and the rest of His fam- 
ily through the coming year. [t] 



Frustration and Joy at 
Smoky Row Brethren Church 

I KNOW of few other ministries in 
which the depths of discourage- 
ment and the heights of accomplish- 
ment are so pronoimced as in Home 
Mission work. There is the loneh- 
ness of being isolated from other 
Brethren people, yet also the excite- 
ment of seeing people who nf /er 
heard of The Brethren Church be- 
coming involved. 

There is the frustration of having 
few people who are truly committed 
to the work during the early years, 
but the joy of seeing new people ask 
where they can help. There is the 
disappointment of having families 
who have become a vital part of the 
work transferred by their employers, 
but the reward of seeing people 
transferred from the "domain of 
darkness" to the "kingdom of His 
[God's] beloved Son" (Col. 1:13). The 
life of the Home Mission pastor and 
family is certainly not easy, but 
neither is it without its great joys. 

The past year at Smoky Row 
Brethren Church certainly combined 
these elements of frustration and 
joy. Once again eight families moved 
away (as occurred in 1983), but 
twelve other families became in- 
volved. Even though our worship at- 
tendance plateaued at the 55-65 
range, we saw steady growth in our 
Sunday school program and our 
Growth Groups (home Bible 

Especially gratifying was the 
large percentage of our people in- 
volved in a wide range of ministries 
in the church. We also baptized 
three people in the past year and 
continue to develop a strong sense of 
commitment to the Lord and His 

Our congregation has been matur- 
ing in all facets of its ministry. In 
the children's Sunday school depart- 
ment we now have two rotations of 
teachers who serve six months, then 
have six months off in order to at- 
tend adult classes. At the adult level 
we have developed a three-year cur- 
riculum with a rotation of six 

Our Growth Groups continue to be 
an excellent means of leadership 
training as well as a nurturing 
ground for all those involved. The 
deacons and deaconesses installed 
last year have completed a thorough 
study of their office and are now as- 
suming their new responsibilities. 

By Pastor Dale R. Stoffer 

Our vacation Bible school and youth 
programs have also enjoyed success. 
We truly want to thjink all of you 
for your prayers and support. It is 
so important to Home Mission 
churches to know that you are up- 
holding us, especially during these 
"lean times." [t] 


James Miller, Pastor/1907 E. 116th St., Carmel, Indiana 46032/(317)848-7211 

Dear Fred, 

I quite agree that it has been far too long between letters, and I 
can find nothing substantial to blame that on except pure procrasti- 
nation on my part. I value your opinion far too highly to allow our 
friendship to become stale. Possibly if we, for the present, confine 
our discussions chiefly to the establishment of this congregation, this 
limitation would prompt us to sit and write. 

To catch you up, then, on where our church stands at present: 
As ever in the two years we have spent here, we continue to fight the 
frustration that comes from planting Brethren churches. Not that 
good things aren't happening — they simply don't occur as fre- 
quently as we would like. We have, in these two years, seen more 
than 20 new people become involved in our church, including four 
family units in the past six months. 

Nearly 60 percent of our adults have reported to me that they 
have shared their faith with a non-believer since the first of this 
year — some more than once. I am trusting that this percentage will 
rise even higher as the year goes on. One of our new members, a 
young working girl, was added as a result of conversion, and we 
thrill to see her growth in her new-found love. 

Our average attendance continues to improve, with some of our 
highest monthly averages occurring this summer. This gives us 
great hopes for the fall! I see every evidence that our people are dedi- 
cated to being disciples and growing into the image of Christ. "What 
would Jesus do?" has become the battle cry of our group. Yes, we cer- 
tainly have much to be thankful for once we set it down on paper. 

The one missing element is the explosive numerical growth we 
hear "other" churches in those "other" denominations experiencing. 
Why not in The Brethren Church? Several reasons come to mind, the 
most important being our strong call to obedience and discipleship — 
narrow is the way that leads to life and few there are that find it. I 
can hear you now: "Typical church-planter rationalization!" Maybe 
so. I must admit to trying to devise ways of getting the word Baptist 
or Methodist into our name, but as yet I have found no appealing 
combination. (And "Crystal" doesn't fit with our proposed building of 
brown cut stone.) 

We do struggle with a lack of identity in our community. We 
have now moved from the elementary school, which served as our 

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The Brethren Evangeust 


Building for Growth at 
Bloomingdale Community Church 

By Pastor Charles F. Ankney 

tremendous opportunity to 
reach people for Christ here in 
Florida. Hundreds of new homes and 
apartment buildings are being built 
in the immediate area of our church 

God has blessed, and because of 
that we are in a gradual growth pat- 
tern as shown by the chart at the 
right. It compares average attend- 
ance figures from September 1985 
and September 1986 for Sunday 
school, morning worship, and Sun- 
day evening services. 

During this past year (October 1, 
1985, through September 30, 1986), 
God blessed us with eight new con- 
verts, eight baptized, and eight new 
members received. 

At the beginning of this year, it 

became apparent that we could not 
sustain a long-term growth pattern 
with the facilities we now have. The 
building is only one-half the size 
necessary to start a new congrega- 
tion. We have no facilities for Sun- 
day school or children's church. 

Sunday School 
Morning Worship 
*Sunday Evening 

Sept. 1985 Sept. 1986 

14 28 

23 40 

13 30 

*We just began regular Sunday evening 
services in September 1985. 

About 75 (maximum) can be ac- 
commodated for worship services. 
Other than that, we have a small 
kitchen, two restrooms, and one 
small room which is supposed to be 
used as a baby nursery, Sunday 
school classroom, children's church 

worship center for six years, to the Carmel Public Library. A tem- 
porary stop, we hope, as we prepare to build our first permanent 
structure. As always when dealing with construction, hoped for 
starting dates have come and gone, as we have fought our way 
through the red tape surrounding our land. One more public meeting 
with the Board of Zoning Appeals and all that will stand between us 
and groundbreaking will be the finances. As always, I appreciate 
your encouragement in this area. You know the struggle I face 
within over finances. You are correct, though. God will lead. "In all 
your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." 

Yes, we are still convinced of the great potential of this commu- 
nity. Families here are in dire need of the contentment and peace 
which the gospel of Jesus can provide. And more people arrive daily. 
We are still projected as one of the fastest-growing communities in 
Indiana through the turn of the century. Our emphasis upon God's 
word fills a need here and will greatly benefit this community. 

I echo your sentiments regarding the choice of theme for our 1986- 
87 Conference year — "Pray Without Ceasing." That is possibly the 
greatest lesson we have learned in our two short years, the necessity 
of prayer. I am thrilled that oiu- Brethren will focus upon it, as we 
have, and I pray that it will lead us into renewal and vitality. 

In His love and service, 
Jim Miller 
P.S. Below is an II artist's sketch of our proposed building. 

worship area, and the pastor's study 
(all at the same time). 

The immediate need is to build an 
educational building that will also 
include the pastor's study and a 
much-needed storage area. 

With no funds available to build 
and a debt of 22 thousand dollars on 
the existing building (which we 
were unable to make payments on), 
here is what we did (with the Mis- 
sionary Board's approval): We sold a 
little over three acres of our eight 
acres of land (leaving us nearly five 
acres). The land was sold for $75,000 
(more than the Missionary Board 
paid for the entire eight acres). After 
the realtors received their ten per- 
cent, we paid off our $22,000 debt to 
the Revolving Fund of the Mission- 
ary Board. We now have the bal- 
ance of the proceeds fi*om the land 
sale (about $44,000) in a building 
fund account in the bank. 

An architect has been engaged. By 
doing much of the work ourselves, 
and with God's help, we will build a 
30- by 60-foot addition (doubling our 
building size) for the amount of 
money we have in the bank 
($44,000), without going into debt. 
Please pray with us about this. 

While you are praying, also pray 
with us about our dream. Once the 
educational unit is built and we 
have some room to grow (with our 
prime location and with all the new 
housing in the area), we believe our 
average attendance will grow to 75 
by the end of 1987! Since we can't 
seat more than 75, we will be forced 
to build a new santuary! P.T.L. 

Preliminary plans are to build a 
60- by 80-foot sanctuary in 1988. It 
would provide a foyer area, platform 
and baptistry, and would seat about 
350 people. 

Dream with us and pray with us 
for the realization of our dream. 
Claim with us the promise found in 
Ephesians 3:20 — that God "is able 
to do exceeding abundantly above all 
that we ask or think, according to 
the power [His power] that worketh 
in us." [t] 

November 1986 




Winding Waters Church Dedicates 
New Addition on September 14 th 

Elkhart, Ind. — The Winding Waters 
Brethren Church held a celebration of 
dedication September 14 for a new ad- 
dition to its church facilities. 

The worship service of dedication in- 
cluded special music by Ashland Park 
Street member Linda Ebert, and a 
slide presentation of reflections on the 
history of the Winding Waters Church 
family. The service was followed by a 
potluck dinner and games. 

The new addition, which totals ap- 
proximately 11,000 square feet, is in 
two sections. One section houses a 
community center and kitchen, while 
the other contains offices, three class- 
rooms, and a conference room. 

The dedication service was held in 
the community center, which was dec- 

orated with over 500 balloons and a 
number of flower arrangements. The 
service climaxed with a balloon lift in 

the parking lot, when the 500 balloons 
were released in celebration. 

The new facilities will be used to 
expand the present church school, 

Above, section of 
new addition that 
contains class- 

rooms, offices, and 
conference room. At 
left, the section 
housing the com- 
munity center and 

youth, and preschool programs, and 
for reaching out to fsLmilies in Elk- 

— reported by Carol M. Pawlak 

Investors' Group Buys Pub. Co. Building; 
Plans to Remodel for Church Headquarters 

Ashland, Ohio — A group of Breth- 
ren investors has purchased the 
Brethren Publishing Company build- 
ing at 524 College Avenue and plans 
to remodel it into a denominational 
headquarters for The Brethren 

The purpose of the remodeling is to 
provide space on the main floor for all 
the denominational offices. 

This means that Missionary Board 
offices, presently located in a house 
next door, and Board of Christian 
Education offices, now on the second 
floor of the Publishing Company 
Building, will be on the main floor of 
the building, along with the Publish- 
ing Company offices and the offices of 
the Director of Denominational Busi- 
ness and the Director of Pastoral 
Ministries. The printing operation of 
the Brethren Publishing Company, 
which formerly occupied a section of 
the main floor, has been moved to the 
basement of the building. 

The desirability of having all the de- 
nominational offices together has been 
recognized for some time, and an ad 
hoc committee of the General Confer- 
ence Executive Council studied vari- 
ous possibilities of achieving this. Re- 
modeling the Publishing Company 
building seemed to be the most feasible. 

When it became evident that the 
Brethren Publishing Company was un- 
able to finance this project itself and 


that a major fund-raising drive did not 
seem advisable, a group of Brethren 
investors offered to buy the building 
and to finance the remodeling. The in- 
vestors are undertaking this project as 
a ministry to the church, and not as a 
money-making project. 

The investors have purchased not 
only the Publishing Company Build- 
ing, but also the house next door in 
which the Missionary Board offices 
are located (which was likewise owned 
by the Brethren Publishing Com- 
pany), as well as the four lots on 
which the two buildings are located. 
The purchase price was the appraised 
value of $178,400. The investors will 
provide offices to the denominational 
ministries on a lease basis. 

According to present plans, the 
main offices will be located along the 
outside walls of the building. This will 
leave a central corridor in which sec- 
retarial staff will be located, with par- 
titions dividing this area. 

Also planned is the installation of 
thermopane windows, the addition of 
an insulated wall along the inside of 
the exterior walls to reduce heat loss, 
and the installation of central air con- 
ditioning in the building. 

The remodeling is scheduled to 
begin this month (November), and 
should take about three months to 
complete. During the remodeling 
period, the offices of the Director of 

Pastoral Ministries (Rev. William 
Kemer), the Director of Denomina- 
tional Business (Sterling Ward), and 
the editor of the Evangelist (Dick 
Winfield) have been moved across the 
street to the basement of the Ashland 
College Memorial Chapel. 

While in these temporary offices, 
these men will be on a separate phone 
system. Persons desiring to reach 
them direct can call Ashland College 
(419-289-4142) and ask for extension 
5482 (Ward), 5483 (Winfield), or 5484 

Missionary Board and BoEird of 
ChristiEui Education personnel will 
continue in their present offices until 
the remodeling has been completed, 
and the Publishing Company Print 
Shop Manager has moved temporarily 
to the basement of the Publishing 
Company building. They, as well as 
the Sunday School Department of the 
Brethren Publishing Company, can 
still be reached by calling the Na- 
tional Office number, 419-289-1708. 

Once the Missionary Board offices 
have been moved to the Publishing 
Company building, current plans are 
to lease the "Mission House" to other 
occupants until such time as the 
church should have need of it. 

Even though purchase of the Pub- 
lishing Company building has already 
taken place, the investors' group is 
still open to additional participants. If 
you are interested in sharing in this 
ministry to the church or would like 
more information, phone 219-533-0737 
(see advertisement on page 19). 

The Brethren Evangelist 


West Alexandria Church Celebrates 
Centennial Year with Tent Revival 

West Alexandria, Ohio — The First 
Brethren Church of West Alexandria 
celebrated its one-hundredth anniver- 
sary during the week of September 21- 
28 by holding a tent revival on the site 
purchased for its future church build- 

Each service during the week in- 
cluded special music, a time of tes- 
timonies, special messages, and an 
altar call. Approximately 200 people 
attended the first service on Sunday 
evening, September 21, and attend- 
ance for the week averaged around 
150. More than 20 persons rededicated 
their lives to the Lord during the revi- 

A number of West Alexandria mem- 
bers presented special music for the 
services, including soloists Lois Oligee, 


Linda Gadd, Claudia Hurst, and Jane 
Bond. The Sounds of Happiness, a 
singing group composed of West 
Alexandria members Darlene Clark, 
Patty Nelson, Jane Bond, and Brenda 
Hamilton appeared several times. The 
Joint Heirs from The Brethren Church 
in New Lebanon sang at the first serv- 
ice. Others who sang were Tricia 
Gadd, Martha Knabe, Al and Patty 
Spoonamore, Lonnie and Reba Brown, 
and Kenney Hawley. 

The Friday night service was held 
during a severe thunderstorm with 
winds strong enough to flip the tent 
flaps, even though they had been tied 
to concrete blocks. The congregation 
sang louder and the pastor talked 
louder, and thus they were able to 
overcome the noise of the rain on the 

tent. God blessed with a great service 
£ind much-needed rain. 

On Sunday, September 28, Sunday 
school was held in the church build- 
ing, then the congregation moved to 
the tent for the worship service. This 
was the first Sunday morning service 
held on the proposed building site. 

Following the service, a carry-in 
dinner was held, which featured a 300 
pound pig that had been roasted over 
a charcoal fire all Saturday night. 
After the carry-in dinner there was a 
time of singing that concluded with a 
service of baptism. Three people were 
baptized in a watering trough placed 
on the back of a pickup truck. 

The First Brethren Church of West 
Alexandria was actually 100 years 
old last year, but because the congre- 
gation was in the process of chang- 
ing pastors in 1985, the centennial 
celebration was postponed until this 

— reported by Luella Painter 

Above, tent in which the revival meetings were held. At *'' * ^ 
right, one of the meetings in progress. Photos by Luella Painter 

Commitment is Theme of Midwest Conference 
Held September 19-21 at Cheyenne Church 

Cheyenne, Wyo. — "Committed to 
Grow, Growing in Commitment" was 
the theme of the Midwest District 
Conference held September 19-21 at 
the Cheyenne Brethren Church. 

Messages by District Moderator G. 
Emery Hurd, Pastors James Thomas 
£md Gregg Moser, Missionary Board 
Executive Director James R. Black, 
and General Conference Moderator 
Warren Gamer emphasized various 
areas in which Christian commitment 
needs to grow, including love, Bible 
reading and living, prayer, and mis- 
sions. In addition. Rev. William 
Kemer, Director of Pastoral Minis- 
tries, led a church growth seminar 
aimed at helping growth get started. 

In his moderator's address. Pastor 
Hurd challenged the Midwest District 
to make the best use of its smallness 
to minister for Christ as it works to- 
ward growth. He called upon district 

members to overcome the disadvan- 
tages of smallness by prayer, faith, 
and effort. 

The moderator recommended that 
each church develop a statement of 
purpose to guide its ministry; home 
Bible studies to stimulate growth 
through contacts with new people; 
mutual cooperative fellowship and 
ministry activities in addition to dis- 
trict conference; and a system of re- 
porting to the newly-created district 
newsletter. He also recommended that 
the moderator continue to visit all 
churches annually and report at least 
bimonthly to the churches concerning 
district business. These reconunenda- 
tions were all accepted by consensus. 

In addition to acting upon these rec- 
ommendations, the 22 delegates repre- 
senting all five district churches con- 
ducted other business and elected dis- 
trict officers. New officers are Rev. G. 

Emery Hurd, moderator; Rev. James 
Thomas, vice-moderator; Mr. Ora 
Adams, treasurer; Mrs. Cindy Smith, 
secretary; and Rev. Reilly Smith, first 
editor of the new district newsletter. 

Perhaps the best part of the confer- 
ence was the fellowship, in which a 
strong bond of love was evident. This 
was aided by the hospitality of the 
Cheyenne Brethren, who went out of 
their way to be super hosts. 

Running concurrently with the 
adult conference was a conference for 
the youth of the district, led by Rev. 
Jeimes Koontz. This was the first 
youth conference for several years. 

The 1987 conference of the Midwest 
District will be held June 26-28 at Ft. 
Scott, Kansas. 

— reported by Cindy Smith, 
District Secretary 

If we learn how to give ourselves, to 
forgive others, and to live with 
thanksgiving, we need not seek happiness 
— it will seek us. 

November 1986 



Southeastern District Recognizes 
Ordination of Rev. Ernest Gheen 

Fredericksburg, Va. — A Service of 
Recognition sponsored by the South- 
eastern District Mission Board was 
held Sunday, August 24, to recognize 
the prior ordination of Rev. Ernest 
(Sonny) Gheen, pastor of the Covenant 
Community Brethren Fellowship of 

Rev. Gheen was an ordained minis- 
ter in the Church of the Brethren be- 
fore becoming pastor of the Covenant 
Community Brethren Fellowship. 

Rev. Robert Keplinger, chairman of 
the Southeastern District Mission 
Board, led the recognition service, 
which was held in the Fredericksburg/ 
Stafford Activity Center, where the 
Covenant Fellowship meets. Rev. 
Brian Moore brought a report from the 
District Board of Spiritual Oversight, 
and Rev. Doc Shank, chairman of the 
district ministers, brought greetings 
on their behalf and offered a prayer of 

Rev. and Mrs. Ernest Gheen. 

Greetings were also brought by Mrs. 
Ethel Naff, president of the district 
Woman's Missionary Society, emd by 
Mrs. Jean Shank, on behalf of the dis- 
trict Board of Christian Education. 

AC Honors Joseph R. Shultz 
As 1986 Outstanding Alumnus 

Ashland, Ohio — Dr. Joseph R. 
Shultz was honored by Ashland Col- 
lege this fall as the school's Outstand- 
ing Alumnus for 1986. 

Dr. Shultz, a 1950 graduate of AC, 
has been back at the school in one ca- 
pacity or another for the past 24 years, 
and has served as president of the col- 
lege for the past seven years. 

In addition to his bachelor of arts 
degree from AC, Shultz holds a master 
of religious education degree from 
Ashland Theological Seminary and a 
doctor of education degree from South- 
western Baptist Theological Semi- 
nary. He was also an Honors Scholar 
at New College, University of Edin- 
burgh, Scotland, in 1962 and 1963. 

From 1955 to 1962 Shultz pastored 
the First Brethren Church in Wash- 
ington, D.C. Then in 1963 he became 
vice president of Ashland Theological 
Seminary. It was while serving in this 
position that he was asked to become 
president of the college. 

Shultz became president at a critical 
time in AC's history. Not only was the 
college in the midst of a financial 
crisis, but the school also faced the 
prospect of lower enrollments due to 
the decreasing number of high school 
students in the U.S. Under his leader- 
ship, the college has been able to deal 

with both problems. 

The negative demographics chal- 
lenged Shultz and other college lead- 
ers to develop new programs and off- 
campus extensions, and as a result the 
college has grown in non-traditional 
ways. During the past seven years the 
graduate and non-traditional pro- 
grams have grown to the point that 
AC now has almost 1,500 graduate 
students, thus transforming the school 
from a bachelor's degree under- 
graduate school to a 50/50 under- 
graduate/graduate school. 

Dr. Shultz is married to the former 
Doris Hart, a 1949 graduate of AC. 
They have four children, all of whom 
have been or cur^ently are students at 

Dr. Shultz with one of the AC eagles. 

Special music was presented by the 
Mark Logan family, and by Tammy 
Spence. The prelude was played by 
Mrs. Dolores Keplinger. 

Rev. Gheen, in addition to his work 
with the Covenant Community Breth- 
ren Fellowship, is a full-time 
employee of the United State Govern- 
ment. He also currently serves as 
president of the Stafford Ministerial 
Association. He is married, and he and 
his wife, Joyce, have two daughters — 
one in college and the other who was 
recently married. 

According to recent statistics, the 
Coventint Community Brethren Fel- 
lowship, which began meeting in Oc- 
tober 1982, averages 20 in Sunday 
school and in Sunday worship serv- 
ices. It has eight adult members, with 
more to be baptized soon. 

At a recent Communion service, 
eight families particpated, with a total 
attendance of 24. The group also has 
been active in all district events, and 
it had both youth and adult represent- 
atives at General Conference. In the 
near future the fellowship hopes to 
progress from a class to a mission 
church under the direction of the 
Southeastern District. 
— reported by Rev. Robert Keplinger 

Dr. Charles Munson Speaks 
For Ardmore Homecoming 

South Bend, Ind. — Dr. Charles 
Munson, retired dean of Ashland 
Theological Seminary, was the guest 
speaker at a Homecoming and Rally 
Day held September 21 at the First 
Brethren Church of Ardmore. 

A total of 163 members and friends 
of the congregation attended the serv- 
ice and heard Dr. Munson's sermon, 
"Revive Us Again." 

A carry-in dinner was served at 
noon, followed by a Praise Service of 
singing, testimonies, special music, 
readings, sharing, and special recogni- 
tions. Mrs. Howard Fisher was recog- 
nized as the only living charter mem- 
ber of the church, and Mrs. Barbara 
Darling as the oldest member of the 
congregation. Mrs. Fred Horn was 
honored for having the Isu-gest family 

Recognized for having traveled con- 
siderable distances to attend the serv- 
ices were Mrs. Mildred Fisher fi"om 
Bradenton, Fla.; Mr. and Mrs. David 
Warsler from Gurre, 111.; Miss Dorothy 
Carpenter and Dr. Munson from Ash- 
land, Ohio; and Mr. and Mrs. Irland 
from Peru, Ind. 

— reported by Catherine Rohde 


The Brethren Evangeust 


Brethren Float Wins First Prize 
In Roann Covered Bridge Parade 

Roann, Ind. — The Roann First 
Brethren Church won first prize Sep- 
tember 13 for the best local, non-com- 
mercial entry in the Roann Covered 
Bridge Festival Parade. 

The theme of the float, "Bridging 
the Gap Between the Centuries," tied 
in with the parade theme, "The Turn 
of the Century." The float emphasized 
the fact that the church is a bridge 
over the years which provides stability 
in a changing world. 

The float featured a miniature rep- 
lica of the Roann Covered Bridge. A 
model horse and buggy were entering 
one end of the bridge, while a sports 
car was coming out the other. Senior 
members Bob and Alta Ridenour sat 
at the back of the float dressed in 
clothes reminiscent of the turn of the 
century, while some youth group 
members sat at the front. 

Jill Slee, who chairs the Youth 
Ministry, organized the effort to build 
the float. She was assisted by youth 
leaders Duane and Carol Beam and 
Dennis and Janet Strain along with 
the members of the youth group. 

This award keeps alive a winning 
tradition at Roann First Brethren 
Church. The church has won first 
place in its division every year for the 

past five and at least ten times during 
the past eighteen years. The church 
has also won the trophy for the best 

important exposure for the church to 
the community. But more than this, it 
shows how the church people can work 
together [to achieve] a goal. The 
people of the Roann First Brethren 
Church are working together not only 
for floats, but also for the advance- 
ment of Grod's Kingdom." 

Riding on the Roann First Brethren Church's prize -winning float are (I. to r.) Alta 
and Bob Ridenour, Stephanie Brown, Shawna Gullett, and Jimmy Deck. 

unit in the entire 

According to 
Pastor David 

Stone, "This float 
always provides 

New Book Presents In-Depth Study 
Of German Hjonnody of the Brethren 

Ambler, Pa. — The German Hymnody of the Brethren, 
1720-1903, the first volume in a series of books related to 
Brethren history, was recently released by the publishers of 
The Brethren Encyclopedia. 

This is the first in a series of books of interest to all five 
Brethren bodies: The Old German Baptist Brethren, The 
Brethren Church, The Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches, The Dunkard Brethren, smd The Church of the 
Brethren. The series will feature well-documented studies of 
various aspects of Brethren life and thought, reflecting the 
common heritage of the Brethren movement that originated 
in Schwarzenau, Germany, in 1708. 

The German Hymnody of the Brethren, 1720-1903, writ- 
ten by Hedwig T. Dumbaugh, is a comprehensive study of 
eight major German-language Brethren hjrmnbooks and 
several smaller collections. In the book, the author, who is 
librariEm for special collections and cataloging at Bethany 
Theological Seminary, identifies the hymn writers, analyzes 
the theology of the texts, and describes unique threads of 
Brethren faith and witness. 

Mrs. Dumbaugh's book, which would be particularly ap- 
propriate for church libraries, is available through The Car- 
penter's Shop for $25. 

"Thanksgiving" is not a time of the year, but an attitude of the 

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Southeastern District Focuses on 
Family Life at Fall Conference 

Harrisonburg, Va. — Family life 
was the theme of the fall meeting of 
the Southeastern District Conference, 
held Saturday, September 20, at the 
Bethlehem Brethren Church, with 
more than 130 in attendance. 

"I have felt for some time that every 
congregation ought to have a commis- 
sion or board to deal with that most 
important area of family concerns," 
said Mr. John Drescher, the morning 
inspirational speaker for the confer- 
ence, as he began his address. "Spirit- 
ually strong families have much effect 
upon the spiritual tone of the congre- 
gation," he continued. 

Drescher, a specialist in family con- 
cerns and a bishop in the Mennonite 
Church, went on to cite a study that 
indicates that the national divorce 
rate of one out of every two marriages 
drops to one out of 50 couples who at- 
tend church regularly and an astound- 
ing one out of every 1,105 marriages 
for couples who say they regularly 
pray together. 

Noting the impact of movies, televi- 
sion, and particularly soap operas on 
the development of moral standards 

among Christians, he sisked, "Is the 
church helping to set priorities for its 
families" in this area? 

He recommended that every congre- 
gation develop a program of preven- 
tive faimily care that would include 
special events (such as a family life 
emphasis month, marriage and par- 
ent/child retreats, £md renewal-of- wed- 
ding-vows ceremonies) and a continu- 
ing ministry to families at special 
times (pre-engagement and premeirital 
counseling, birth of first child, middle 
childhood years, teen years, middle 
age, and retirement). 

The afternoon program included 
three "perspectives on the family" 
separated by musical interludes. Pre- 
sentations were made by Rev. Robert 
Payne, pastor of the Icard, N.C., First 
Brethren Church, on "The Yoxing 
Family"; by Rev. Kent Bennett, pastor 
of the Waterbrook, Va., Brethren 
Church, on "Mid-Life and the Family"; 
and by Yvonne Eyler, administrator of 
the Coffinan Home for the Aging and 
a member of the St. James, Md., 
Brethren Church, on "Aging and the 

Flora Church Celebrates 100th Year 
With Homecoming, Revival, Communion 

Flora, Ind. — The First Brethren 
Church of Flora celebrated its 100th 
emniversary with a Homecoming on 
September 14 followed by a week of 
revival meetings that concluded with 
a Communion service on Sunday even- 
ing, September 21. 

Events on Homecoming day in- 
cluded morning services, a noon meal, 
and an Eiftemoon program. During the 
program, former pastors J. Edgar 
Berkshire, Clarence Kindley, Arthur 
Tinkle, and Ed West were present and 
brought greetings, as did Mrs. Jim 
Payne, widow of former psistor J.G. 
Dodds. A letter was also read from 
Mrs. Alfreda Hodge, widow of former 
pastor Bert Hodge. Several members 
of the congregation also reminisced 
during the program. 

Rev. M. Virgil Ingraham, former 
Executive Director of the Missionary 
Board of The Brethren Church, 
brought inspiring messages for the re- 
vival services, which began Monday 
evening and continued through Sun- 
day morning. 

The week of celebration concluded 

with the Communion service on Sun- 
day evening. Former members Rev. 
Richard Voorhees and Rev. Gerald 
Zook assisted Pastor Alvin Grumbling 
in conducting this service. 

— reported by Freda Eller 

Special music throughout the day 
was presented by Janet Louderback, 
Mike and Barb Woods, and Rebecca 
Hunter and Gordon and Conjetta Har- 
man. Cathy Cupp of the Bethlehem 
Church coordinated the musical por- 
tions of the program. 

While the conference was intended 
to be primarily inspirational in na- 
ture, some business was conducted. 
The 98 delegates adopted a reconmien- 
dation from the executive committee 
that the Rules and Organization Com- 
mittee review the district bylaws and 
make recommendations for needed re- 
visions. Reports were also given by the 
Board of Christian Education on the 
summer district camping program and 
by the Benevolent Conmiittee. 

Delegates also demonstrated their 
support for church planting in the dis- 
trict by adopting a resolution calling 
on the district mission board to "pre- 
pare, in cooperation with the Mission- 
ary Board of The Brethren Church, a 
strategy, timetable, budget, and fund- 
ing plan for the planting of two new 
Brethren churches in the district by 
1992." The resolution also called for 
selection of a site for the first of these 
two churches and a report on the site 
and strategy at the next conference. 

Officers elected at the spring confer- 
ence were installed by outgoing Mod- 
erator William Skeldon. New officers 
include Moderator Brian Moore and 
Moderator-Elect Doc Shank. 

District youth also held a conference 
the same day at the Hillandale Park 
in Harrisonburg. 

The next meeting of the Southeast- 
em District Conference is scheduled 
for Saturday, April 25, at the Hagers- 
town, Md., First Brethren Church. 

— Rev. Ronald W. Waters 

Rev. Donald Rowser, 
senior pastor of the First 
Brethren Church of 
Goshen, Ind., and a 
chalk artist, led revival 
services September 7-11 
at the Cheyenne, Wyo., 
Brethren Church. The 
services were well-at- 
tended, and many 
people responded to the 
call to rededicate them- 
selves to a closer walk 
with the Lord. 

Reported by Alice M. Tharp. 
Photo by Ruth H. Larson. 


The Brethren Evangelist 


Raystown Church Honors Pastoral 
Family With Appreciation Day 

Saxton, Pa. — Members of the Rays- 
town Brethren Church honored their 
pastor, Allen J. Baker, Jr., and his 
family on October 19 with a surprise 
appreciation day. 

Deaconess Leah Steele announced 
the surprise immediately after the 
Sunday morning worship service, and 
she invited the pastor and his family 
to join the rest of the congregation for 
a meal in the church basement. 

Following the meal, Deaconess Jean 
Weimert led a special appreciation 
program. Scripture was read and sev- 
eral poems were recited, including a 
poem written just for the occasion by 
Caroline Weimert. In addition, all 
those present were given an opportu- 
nity to express their thanks, best 
wishes, and words of encouragement 

to the pastor and his family. 

The program also included a trea- 
sure hunt game and a question and 
answer period, during which church 
members were asked questions about 
the pastor to see how well they knew 
him. Pastor Baker was also asked to 

T?ie Baker family — (I. 
to r.) Allen III, Andrew, 
Shirley, Pastor Allen, and 
Kevin — with the model 
church building given to 
them by the Raystown 

Photo by Susan Weimert 

sing the verses to "There's Room at 
the Cross for You," with the congrega- 
tion joining in on the chorus. 

Various gifts were presented to the 
pastoral family: cards, money, 
groceries, wristwatches, and a hand- 
crafted model of a church building. 

Pastor Baker has served the Rays- 
town Brethren Church for four years. 
He and his wife, Shirley, have three 
boys — Allen HI, Kevin, and Andrew. 
— reported by Susan Weimert 

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Scholarship Fund Established 
To Honor J. Ray Klingensmiths 

Ashland, Ohio — An endowed schol- 
arship fund was recently established 
at Ashland College in honor of Dr. J. 
Ray and Christine W. Klingensmith. 

Members of the East Homer, Ohio, 
United Church of Christ, where Dr. 
Klingensmith has served as pastor 
since 1966, donated $15,000 to initiate 
the scholarship fund. Additional con- 
tributions have been made by family 
and friends of the Klingensmiths. 

Interest from this fund will be 
awarded as scholarships each year, 
with two-thirds of the amount to be 
given to an upperclass student major- 
ing in religion, and one-third to be 
granted to an upperclass student 
majoring in elementary education. 

Dr. Klingensmith, a graduate of 
both Ashland College and Ashland 
Theological Seminary, was professor 
of religion at Ashland College from 
1956 to 1977 and chairman of the 
Bible department from 1968 to 1974. 
Now retired, he nevertheless con- 
tinues to teach specific courses at the 
college and at the seminary. 

Before coming to teach at the col- 
lege. Rev. Klingensmith held pastor- 
ates in Oakville, Ind.; Washington, 
D.C.; Elkhart, Ind.; and West Los 
Angeles, Calif He also served as Gen- 
eral Secretary of the Missionary Board 
of The Brethren Church from 1940-45. 

Mrs. Klingensmith is a 1930 
graduate of Ashland College. She 
taught for many years at the elemen- 


Dr. J. Ray and Christine Klingensmith. 

tary level in the Ashland City School 

Anyone wishing to contribute to the 
scholarship fund set up in honor of the 
Klingensmiths may do so by contact- 
ing Dr. Glenn Clayton at Ashland Col- 
lege (419-289-4142 ext. 5039). 

Doug Faulkner Becomes Youth 
Pastor at Winding Waters 

Elkhart, Ind. 

— Doug 

Faulkner re- 
cently became 
youth pastor 
of the Wind- 
ing Waters 
Church of Elk- 
hart. Doug, a 
graduate of 
Greenville Col- 
lege, will be working with the church's 
four youth groups and after-school 
ministries, attempting to reach youth 
in the community for Christ. Doug's 
wife, Tara, also a graduate of Green- 
ville College, teaches in the Winding 
Waters Preschool. 


World Relief to Channel Aid 
Through Brethren in India 

Wheaton, III — World Relief Corpora- 
tion (WRC) of NAE recently an- 
nounced that it will channel several 
thousands of dollars through The 
Brethren Church to aid desperately 
needy people as a result of recent 
flooding in Rajahmundry, India, and 
that it has approved the expenditure 
of funds for a well-drilling project to 
be adminstered through the Brethren 
congregation in Visakhapatnam, 
The announcement was made at 

World Relief headquarters in Wheaton 
during an October 16 meeting of Dr. 
T. Grady Mangham, Senior Associate 
Director of WTIC, with Rev. Marlin 
McCaim, President of the World Relief 
Board of The Brethren Church; Rev. 
James Black, Executive Director of 
the Missionary Board of The Brethren 
Church; and Rev. K. PrasEuith and 
Nirmala Kumar, Director (and wife) of 
the Brethren Mission in India. 

The four Brethren were visiting 
World Relief headquarters in order to 
get acquainted with WRC personnel, 
who have for a number of years provid- 
ed assistance for relief work through 
the Brethren Mission in India. 






Dr. Harold E. Bamett, pastor of 
the First Brethren Church of 
Hagerstown, Md., was elected Sep- 
tember 9 to the seven-member Repub- 
lican Central Committee for 
Washington County and the State of 
Maryland. He polled nearly 2,000 
votes to place fifth out of fifteen candi- 
dates, even though he spent no money 
for advertising or campaigning. This 
non-salaried position will require one 
night a month in helping to chart the 
course of the Republican Party in 
Maryland. Dr. Barnett considers this a 
part of his community service, which 
he does not think will interfere with 
his church duties. He believes that 
even though we Eire primarily citizens 
of the coming Kingdom of God, we 
should nevertheless let our lights 
shine for God in every positive way we 
can in this present world. 

Three youth of the College Comer 
Brethren Church received special 
honors earlier this year. Tracy 
Sweet, daughter of Dale and Patty 
Sweet, was the salutatorian of the 
1986 graduating class of Southwood 
High School. Tracy has served as an 
officer in the church youth group. 
Sam Truss, son of Duane and Bonnie 
Truss, won national individual honors 
in the Future Farmers of America 
soil-judging competition. Rob Martin, 
president of the College Comer senior 
youth and son of Jan and Sierra Mar- 
tin, was selected as "Outstemding 
Teen of the Week" by the Marion 
Chronicle-Tribune newspaper. 

Grandparents were honored at a 
Senior Citizens Luncheon held Sun- 
day, September 7 (Grandparents' 
Day), at the Hagerstown, Md., First 
Brethren Church. Special awards 
were given to the oldest and youngest 
grandparents, couple married the 
longest, couple with most grandchil- 
dren, etc. Ninety-three attended the 

The Linwood, Md., Brethren 
Church commemorated the 90th year 
of Sunday school in the Linwood vil- 
lage on Sunday, September 28, with a 

continental breakfast, Sunday school, 
special worship service, and a time of 
fellowship and reminiscing following 
the worship service. The Linwood 
Brethren Church, which formally or- 
ganized December 13, 1903, grew out 
of this Sunday school. 

Rev. W. St. Clair Benshoff has be- 
come interim pastor of the Hillcrest 
Brethren Church in Dayton, Ohio. 

The Pennsylvania District Fall 
Youth Rally was held October 17 and 
18 at the Pleasant View Brethren 
Church of Vandergrift, Pa. The pro- 
gram included a hayride to kick off 
the event; vespers led by Dem Zigler; a 
message on substance abuse by Ken 
Burgess, Corporate Coordinator for 

Alcoa's Employee Assistfince Program, 
and a personal testimony by Nathan, 
a reforming drug and alcohol addict; 
an address by National BYC President 
Mike Evans; and a concert by Paul 
Secord and Don Lake. 

Ashland College's teacher educa- 
tion programs recently received a 
three-year extension of national ac- 
creditation. Accreditation verifies that 
a school satisfies national standards 
for teacher education. Ashland College 
is one of 20 colleges and universities 
in Ohio (out of some 40 that offer 
teacher education programs) and one 
of approximately 525 in the U.S. (out 
of nearly 1,200 with education pro- 
grams) to receive national accredita- 

In Memory 

Woodrow Carberry, 73, October 22. 
Member of the Ashland Park Street Breth- 
ren Church. Services by Arden E. Gilmer, 

Faye Brown Calhoun, 73, October 20, at 
the Brethren's Home. Member and or- 
ganist for many years of the First Brethren 
Church of Flora. Services by Alvin 
Grumbling, pastor. 

Mrs. Lucile Bechtel, 84, October 8. Mem- 
ber for msmy years of the First Brethren 
Church of Goshen. Services by Donald E. 
Rowser, senior pastor, and David C. 
Kemer, associate pastor. 
Donald E. MuUins, 57, October 4. Mem- 
ber of the Lathrop Brethren Church. Serv- 
ices by James Sluss, pastor. At the time of 
his death, Mr. Mullins was moderator of 
the Lathrop Brethren Church and of the 
Northern California District of The Breth- 
ren Church. 

Irene Clevenger, 88, September 27. Mem- 
ber of the First Brethren Church of Oak- 
ville. Services by Weston Ellis, pastor. 
MarUn John Duman, 45, September 24. 
Member of the Vinco Brethren Church. 
Services by Carl Phillips, pastor, and Rev. 
William D. Walk, brother-in-law of the 

Dorothy M. Gibson, 67, September 23. 
Member of the First Brethren Church of 
Waterloo. Services by Lynn Mercer, pastor. 
Helen H. Englar, 95, September 16. Mem- 
ber of the Linwood Brethren Church. Serv- 
ices by Robert L. Keplinger. At the time of 
her death, she was the oldest member of 
the Linwood Brethren Church. 
Dorothy G. Peck, 80, September 2. Active 
member and worker for many years in the 
First Brethren Church of Falls City. Serv- 
ices by James Thomas, pastor. 
Gail R. Bishard, 71, July 25. Member for 
56 years, trustee, and head usher of the 
Fort Scott Brethren Church. Services by 
James Koontz, pastor. 
Leland Rex Stonger, 62, July 24. Mem- 
ber of the First Brethren Church of Loree. 
Services by Claude Stogsdill, pastor, and 
Rev. Austin Gable. 


Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Conrad, 65th Oc- 
tober 12. Members of the First Brethren 
Church of North Manchester. 
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Ruse, 50th, Sep- 
tember 20. Members of the First Brethren 
Church of North Manchester. 
Maurice (Cy) and Maxine Bargerhuff, 
50th, September 6. Members of the First 
Brethren Church of Loree. 


Marjorie Dianna Bowers to Danny Joe 
Landes, October 17, at the First Brethren 
Church of Flora; Alvin Grumbling, pastor, 
officiating. Members of the Flora First 
Brethren Church. 

Deidre Paul to David Dively, October 4, 
at the Berlin Brethren Church; ReJph 
Mills, pastor, officiating. Members of the 
Berlin Brethren Church. 
Julia Ann Rhodes to Charles Joseph 
Florea, September 27, at the First Breth- 
ren Church of Milford; Paul Tinkel, pastor, 
officiating. Bride a member of the Milford 
First Brethren Church. 
Maria Michael to Edward Shirey, Au- 
gust 23, at the First Brethren Church of 
Oakville; Weston Ellis, pastor, officiating. 
Members of the First Brethren Church of 

Gwen Elaine Holsinger to Keith Alan 
Stuart, August 16, at the Ashlsind Park 
Street Brethren Church; Fred Brandon, 
pastor of the First Brethren Church of 
Peru, officiating, assisted by Rev. Robert 
Holsinger, father of the bride. Bride a 
member of the Ashland Park Street Breth- 
ren Church; groom a member of the Mt. 
Olivet Brethren Church. 

Membership Growth 

Raystown: 2 by baptism 

New Lebanon: 3 by baptism 

Lansu-k: 17 by baptism, 7 by transfer 

Lathrop: 11 by baptism, 1 by transfer 

Sarasota: 5 by baptism, 2 by transfer 

Fairless Hills-Levittown: 1 by baptism 


The Brethren Evangeust 

Little Crusader 

Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not Idnder 
them; for to such lielongs the Idngdom of heaven" (Matt. 19:14). 


"Jesus is coming! Jesus is coming!" shouted the people of a village. 

Nearby lived ten men who had the terrible disease leprosy. Doctors couldn't cure them. 
These men, who were called lepers, had to leave their families and live outside the village so no 
one would get leprosy from them. 

When the lepers heard the people shouting, they became excited. They had heard about 
Jesus. He made the lame walk, the blind see, the deaf hear. Could He heal them? 

They found a place where they could see the road without going near other people. When 
they saw Jesus, they shouted, "Jesus! Jesus, help us!" 

Jesus stopped. He knew they wanted to be made well. "Go show the priests you are well 
and can live at home again," He told them. 

The men hurried toward the village. As they went, they looked at their hands and arms. 
They looked at each others' faces. It was true! The leprosy was gone! They were healed! 

One man stopped. He turned around and went back. He shouted to the people along the 
way. "Look, Jesus made me well!" 

When he came to Jesus, he knelt down and said, "Thank You, Jesus. Thank You for heal- 
ing me." 

"Ten men were healed," said Jesus, "but only one has returned to say thank you." Then He 
smiled at the man. "Your faith has made you well," He said. (Based on Luke 17:11-19) 

Jesus was pleased when the man returned to 
thank Him. He is pleased when we thank Him. 
Write something you are thankful for that begins 
with each letter of THANKSGIVING. You may 
use more than one word in your answer. For 
example: Very good parents. 

Thankful Hunt 

Look up these Bible verses. Can you find 
something in each one for which you are 
thankful? Write the words in the blanks. 

1. Acts 16:31 L J 

2. Judges 6:15 M_ F 

3. Proverbs 17:17 F (s) 

4. Mark 5:19 H 

5. Genesis 6:21 F 

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located new congregations in fast-growing metropolitan centers, but we have much "catching up" 
ahead of us. Several areas are being 'largeted" for planting of new congregations. But we need 
trained and dedicated pastors, tentmakers, and prayer partners. And we need your financial 

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and special assistance. Your continuing help is needed. Please do not fail to do your very best in 
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Developing a Global Vision 

Blessed in Order to Bless 

I HAVE always been fascinated by 
the Bible's account of the lepers 
and the Arameans. Maybe you re- 
member it. If not, here's a brief run- 
down from 11 Kings chapter 7. 

The city of Samaria is surrounded, 
and the people are suffering a slow 
death from starvation. Meanwhile, 
four lepers squatting at the city gate 
get smart. "Why not go over to the 
attacking army?" they say. "We'll 
starve if we stay here, so our fate 
can be no worse with the Ara- 

Reaching the enemy camp, the 
lepers are dumbstruck to find no one 
there. Apparently the Arameans, 
fearing an attack, have scattered 
helter-skelter toward the Jordon. 

Put yourself in the lepers' place. 
You're saved! You're free! You 
haven't eaten for days, and you own 
only the rags on your skeleton body. 
But now, food spreads before you on 
all sides: T-bone steak, mashed 
potatoes, chocolate cake. Even the 
cold pizza looks good. 

Besides that, new clothes, per- 
sonal computers, and crisp hundred 
dollar bills litter the ground like 
beverage cans at the Indianapolis 
500 racetrack. Wow! You stuff your- 
self, then start hauling away the 
loot to a safe-deposit box. 

What about the others? 

Finally, you and your tired friends 
sit down to rest your full tummies. 
Then something dawns on you. 
What about all those starving 
thousands back in Samaria? 

As for the lepers, they said, "We're 
not doing right. This is a day of good 

news and we are keeping it to our- 

You probably know the rest of the 
story. The lepers did go back to 
Samaria. They spread their good 
news, and the people were saved. 

Obvious implications 

I think this story has obvious im- 
plications for "Developing a Global 

God blessed the lepers with food, 
riches, and new life so that they 
could pass the word and become a 
blessing to others. In like fashion, 
God has blessed us. He has given us, 
first of all, salvation, then gifts for 
service and various responsibilities. 
But He has blessed us not so that we 
can become spiritually fat, but so 
that we can be a blessing to others. 

You might call it a kind of spirit- 
ual law: God blesses His children so 
they will be a blessing to others. 

This concept runs all through 
Scripture. We look first to Abra- 
ham — the first real "missionary." 
God promised Abraham that he 
would become a great nation. But 
the patriarch didn't leave his home- 
land on an ego trip. Instead, Abra- 
ham knew God had blessed him so 
that he would become a blessing to 
all peoples. 

The same idea appears in Psalm 
67. There, the psalmist prays, 
"May God be gracious to us and 
bless us and make his face shine 
upon us; . . . "(v. 1, NFV). 

Obviously, the psalmist wasn't 
begging blessings just for himself, 
because he goes on to say he wants 
Grod's blessing so that "your ways 

[may] be known on earth, your sal- 
vation among all nations" (v. 2). 

Similarly, we should request God's 
blessings upon our churches not in 
order to reach spiritual highs, break 
church growth records, or generate 
dollars for the building fund. In- 
stead, we should seek God's bless- 
ings so that others are blessed — 
specifically, that all men and na- 
tions might experience God's saving 
power, as this missionary psalm 
points out. 

Moving into the New Testament, 
we find the same theme. Christ's 
Parable of the Talents, for instance, 
shows how God gives so that we will 
give back. He blesses so that we will 

"You wicked, lazy servant," the 
master said to the servant who 
buried his talent. What will God say 
to us, if we sit on our spiritual gifts 
and riches and don't use them to 
serve others and to share Christ 
with a needy world? 

God has truly blessed us North 
American Christians. Why, I prob- 
ably own more Bibles, for instance, 
than whole churches own in many 
areas of the world. 

We've attended Bible schools, 
evangelistic campaigns, prayer 
breakfasts, missions conventions, 
and any number of other kinds of 
meetings. And all that's great. 

Do we merely gorge ourselves? 

But what are we doing with these 
spiritual riches? Do we merely gorge 
ourselves on good Bible teaching, as 
the lepers did on the Arameans' 
food? Or do we actively explore ways 
to give back what we're receiving? 

What about those starving 
thousands back in "Samaria?" What 
about those people next door or 
around the world who are starving 
to death spiritually — who have 
never once heard a clear explanation 
of how to receive Christ as personal 
Savior and Lord? 

Let's think again just how special 
it is to have a personal relationship 
with the Lord of the Universe. Isn't 
it great to have God-given purpose 
for living and assurance of eternal 

Don't we want others to share our 
blessings? Shouldn't we do some- 
thing about it? It's not only biblical, 
it just seems logical. [t] 

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December 1986 
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Single and Alone at Christmas 4 

The needs of single adults are often overlooked by the church 
at Christmas. 

Paul Before the Rulers of the Jews by David E. Cooksey 6 

Paul's faithfulness in witnessing in unjust circumstances 
challenges us to use our gifts to share the faith. 

Stewardship: An Expression of Christian Commitment 10 

by Glenn Grumbling 

Spiritually committed Christians recognize that all they possess 

belongs to God and that He has made them stewards. 

Ministry Pages: Christian Education 

Reversing the Trend by Charles Beekley 8 

Three programs of the Board of Christian Education aimed 
at helping revitalize Brethren Sunday schools. 


Developing a Global Vision 2 

by John Maust 

Cartoon 7 

Update 11 

From the Grape Vine 
Little Crusader Page 

by Alberta Holsinger 


Merry Christinas 

The editor and those who work to- 
gether to produce The Brethren Evangel- 
ist wish you a Christmas season filled with 
joy and blessing. In this season may you 
discover afresh the meaning of the birth of 
Jesus Christ in a manger in Bethlehem 
nearly 2,000 years ago. 
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here, and with it come countless 
activities and emotions to occupy 
our hours jind our minds. It's a time 
for sharing, for giving, for joy and 
laughter. It's also a time to relive 
old family traditions and to begin 
exciting new ones. Yet, even as our 
celebration brings us joy and laugh- 
ter, for many single adults it brings 
another emotion — a keen aware- 
ness of being alone. 

In our observance of Christmas, 
we celebrate the birth of the One 
who brought love and reconciliation 
into the world. Often during this 
season we work hard at reaching out 
to those who do not know Christ as 
Lord, and we make special effort to 
care for the needs of the poor and 
hungry. But we do little to extend 

The writer of this article, a Brethren 
single adult, has asked to remain 

God's love to those inside the doors 
of the church who need it most. 

Ministry to single adults may be 
one of the most misunderstood as- 
pects of the work of the church. 
Many Christians don't even see the 
need for such a ministry. In fact, at 
first glance, they may not even see 
any singles in the congregation. 

Who are single adults? 

When we talk about single adults, 
we usually think of young people in 
their early twenties who are not yet 
married. But the boundaries reach 
far beyond this. A single adult is 
any adult who is not now married. 
This includes edl those who have 
never been married as well as those 
who were formerly married but are 
not married now. 

In the former category (those who 
have never been married) are those 
who have chosen to remain immar- 
ried for the present but who may de- 

sire to marry at some later date, as 
well as those who have chosen to re- 
main unmarried for life. In the lat- 
ter category are those who are di- 
vorced (either with or without chil- 
dren), and also those whose spouses 
have died. 

Thus we see that a single adult 
may be a person of any age from 20 
on up. When we broaden our 
perspective in this way, we may see 
that this is indeed an area of need in 
our church. 

The needs of single adults are as 
varied as single adults themselves. 
Buy at Christmjistime, one predomi- 
nate burden which most single 
adults share is loneliness. The 
church has the resources to help re- 
lieve this loneliness, but so often 
Christians overlook singles and 
make simple mistakes that inadver- 
tently contribute to this loneliness 
rather than alleviate it. By correct- 
ing these mistakes, we can go a long 

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way in helping to meet the needs of 
single adults. 

Evangelicals today are working 
together to strengthen the family 
unit. We listen to Focus on the Fam- 
ily, Family Forum, and read Family 
Life Today. We sing pro-family 
songs and vote for pro-family legis- 
lators. And this is fine, for the 
church, as well as individual Chris- 
tians, must work together to protect 
our homes and families from those 
human and supernatural forces that 
are working to destroy them. 

Extending our familial bonds 

But we need to learn that our fam- 
ilial bonds must reach beyond 
biological ties and include our 
brothers and sisters in the faith. Our 
Heavenly Father created the family 
to provide us with love and nurture, 
but He also created the church to ex- 
tend that same love and nurture to 
others. In focusing on the family, we 
need to include not only those whose 
role is spouse, parent, and child, but 
also brother, sister, and grandpar- 

Including single adults in our 

"Include [single 
adults] in your 
family activities." 

December 1986 

church programs is an important 
first step in ministering to them. A 
common mistake is to put all singles 
together in one group, isolated from 
married couples and family units. 
This may only accentuate their 
loneliness. Therefore, in planning 
special holiday gatherings, make 
sure that single adults feel welcome. 
Try to avoid activities that em- 
phasize couples. Let singles know 
that it is all right if they come alone. 

"The holidays don't 
need to be lonely 
for others if we 
are awake to their 
needs and are will- 
ing to do something 
about them." 

Be sensitive to singles as individu- 
als. Be careful not to stereotype 
them. No two single adults have the 
same personality, just as no two 
married people are exactly alike. 
Each person is unique, with his or 
her own emotions and needs. 

Accept their singleness 

Accept their singleness. Don't as- 
sume that they want to be married 
or to be "fixed-up" with someone. 
Respect their feelings and don't at- 
tempt to mold them to fit your pre- 

Be aware of their need to be a part 
of your life. Be willing to spend time 
with them. Include them in your 
family activities. And don't wait for 
just the special occasions to do this. 
Their loneliness may be more acute 
during the slower times of the holi- 
days. After the worship service or 
following a fellowship event is often 
a time when loneliness strikes. 

Encourage them to become in- 
volved in the life of your family as 
well. For example, one of the special 

joys of Christmas is finding that spe- 
cial gift for your spouse or buying 
that first train for your son. But 
single adults may not have anyone 
for whom to buy a special gift. Pro- 
vide them the opportunity to share 
the delight of giving by letting them 
give to you and your family. Do 
something special for them, and let 
them do something special for you. 
The gifts need not be expensive, but 
they should be given from the heart. 
Christmas is a time when we re- 
joice in the gift of the Savior. Our 
Father in heaven expressed His love 
by giving of Himself to us. As His 
family, we need to celebrate His 
Son's birth by giving ourselves to 
those around us. The holidays don't 
need to be lonely for others if we are 
awake to their needs and are willing 
to do something about them. 

IT was the end of a hectic day at 
the shopping mall. I had survived 
the crowds, the snow, the fast food, 
and the high prices. All day I had 
been surrounded by people singing, 
shouting, and shopping. But now I 
had come home, and as I opened the 
door and walked into the darkness of 
my home, I was suddenly aware that 
I was once again alone. I had no one 
with whom to share the ftustrations 
of the day, the beauty of the snow, or 
the pleasure of wrapping presents. 

Then I saw on the table a candle 
and with it a note fi"om a fi-iend, 
which reminded me that I was not 
alone. I lit the candle, and as it 
glowed in the darkness I was re- 
minded that Christ's love was also 
shining through the love of my 
brothers and sisters in Christ. I 
knew that I was not alone, but a 
part of God's family. I was able to 
share in His love, His peace, and His 

This Christmas, open your eyes to 
see those around you who aire hurt- 
ing. Open your heart to His love, 
and then let that love overflow into 
the hearts of others. For our Brother 
is seeking to share His love, and He 
needs you and me to do it. [t] 

Evangelistic Encounters in thie Booii of Acts 

Paul Before the 
Rulers of the Jews 

Final article in this series on witnessing in the Book of Acts. 

AMONG THE JOYS and respon- 
sibilities of being a Christian, 
the most important, but perhaps the 
least exercised, is witnessing for 
Jesus Christ. We talk about witness- 
ing, we preach about it, and we 
agree on its importance. So why does 
it seem so hard to do? 

Through the years I have often 
heard of being a "silent witness," 
which I take to mean that you don't 
have to talk about Christ as long 
as your life gives evidence of His 
presence. But witness and silence 
are contradictory terms. Therefore, 
claiming to be a silent witness is 
nothing more than an irrational ex- 
cuse for failing to tell what Christ 
has done in one's life. 

In Acts 25:33 through chapter 26, 
the Apostle Paul stood before Fes- 
tus, the Roman governor of Judea, 
and King Agrippa, and bore witness 
of his faith. These rulers heard 
about "The Way" from Paul because 
God gave His servant an opportuni- 
ty to speak on His behalf. 

Paul's imprisonment 

The series of events that brought 
Paul to this occasion began two 
years earlier, as recorded in chap- 
ters 21 through 25 of Acts. The 
Apostle had journeyed to Jerusalem 
bringing gifts and a good report of 
his ministry among the Gentiles to 
his Christian brothers in the Holy 
City. While in Jerusalem he was in- 
troduced to some young men and 
asked to accompany them to the 

Rev. Cooksey is pastor of the First 
Brethren Church of Lanark, Illinois. 

Temple. During his visit to the Tem- 
ple, he was accused of blasphemy, 
heresy, and terrorism. Paul was 
guilty of none of these, but the 
hatred of the enemies of God toward 
His servant led to the Apostle's im- 

Witnessing: the ideal 

Witnessing would be easy if our 
experiences in evangelism always 
consisted of a quiet evening at home 
being interrupted by a non-Chris- 
tian neighbor coming over and say- 
ing, "My life is a mess and I've 
noticed that you are a Christian. 
Would you take me to church and 
introduce me to yoiu- pastor and 
friends so that I can join your 
church, receive baptism, and live a 
new life?" 

But non-believers don't act this 
way. The reason is that, according to 
Scriptures, they are enemies of God; 
they hate Him and you and any- 
thing else that has to do with the 
faith. They don't need an excuse to 
find fault with the faith, for they 
hate it by nature. 

Paul was a victim of this hatred, 
but he didn't let it deter him from 
telling who Christ was and what He 
had done. He testified first before 
his Jewish accusers and then before 
the Roman governor Felix. Felix lis- 
tened in hopes of receiving a bribe. 
When all he got was Paul's tes- 
timony, he sentenced Paul to two 
years under house arrest. Neverthe- 
less, God assured Paul that his wit- 
ness was good and that he would 
have an opportunity to speak about 
Jesus in Rome. With this hope, Paul 

By David E. Cooksey 

waited patiently for something to 

Felix was corrupt. He lost the gov- 
ernorship and was called to Rome to 
give an account of himself. Festus 
took his place, and Paul became his 
legal responsibility. The Jews in 
Jerusalem, relentless in their at- 
tempts to get rid of the Apostle, met 
the new governor with the question, 
"What are you going to do with this 
man we condemn?" But Festus could 
find nothing against Paul worthy of 
death or even imprisonment. 

At the time of the new governor's 
inauguration, many dignitaries 
came to take part in the celebration, 
including Agrippa, the king of Is- 
rael, and His sister Bemice. Festus 
thought he would flatter the king 
and solve his problem with the Jews 
at the same time by letting Agrippa 
decide Paul's case. 

Paul's testimony 

After the royal procession entered 
the audience room with all the pomp 
and circumstance befitting the occa- 
sion, Paul was called to present his 
defense. His testimony was essen- 
tially the same one he had given two 
years earlier before Felix and the 
Jews. He said in essence, "I am on 
trial for the hope I have in God's 
promise to our fathers, which has 
been fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth, 
the Messiah, who was crucified, 
buried, and who rose again" (cf. Acts 

Paul continued by relating his 
persecution of Christians and his 
life-changing encounter with Jesus 
on the Damascus road, which en- 

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counter had compelled him to a 
ministry among the Gentiles. His 
message was simple: "I preached 
that they should repent and turn to 
God and prove their repentance by 
their deeds" (Acts 26:20, NIV). 

This was not a new message. 
Moses and the prophets had 
preached it long before. Agrippa 
knew the message was true, but he 
refused to accept it. He called Paul 
insane and then asked, "Do you 
think that in such a short time you 
can persuade me to be a Christian?" 

"Just imagine what would 
happen in The Brethren 
Church if every believer 
would concentrate on 
witnessing to just one 
individual each year." 

Paul replied, "Short time or 
long — I pray God that not only you 
but all who are listening to me today 
may become what I am . . ." (26:29, 

Paul gave his witness. His respon- 
sibility before God was completed. 
The Apostle could not make his 
hearers repent or accept the truth in 
faith. But he was responsible to tell 
the story of Jesus. Even though he 
was a prisoner because of the lies 
and hatred of others, his unjust cir- 
cumstances were not so important as 
his opportunity to be Christ's wit- 
ness before kings and rulers. 

Not many of us get a chance to 
speak before kings. But all of us 
have opportunities to witness. The 
key issue here involves our under- 
standing of our calling as Chris- 
tians. The truth of the Gospel of 
Christ must be so important and so 
exciting to us that we don't want to 
keep it a secret. What the unsaved 
learn of God they learn only from us. 
We are His witnesses. 

Year after year we discuss why 
our church membership is declining 
and why the future of our denomina- 
tion looks so grim. We should not be 
asking what our pastor is doing or 
what our deacons are doing. Rather, 
we should ask, "What am I doing to 
witness to the unsaved?" How many 
of us have ever helped lead a person 
to Christ? Far too few of us, I'm 

Just imagine what would happen 

in The Brethren Church if every be- 
liever would concentrate on witness- 
ing to just one individual each year. 
Suppose that each of us prayed for 
the person we had chosen, tried to 
get involved in that person's life for 
365 days, and really worked to lead 
him or her to Christ. If only half of 
us were successful, think how much 
the church would grow. 

Requirements for witnesses 

I have observed that several 
things are necessary in order for us 
to be witnesses. First, we must be 
completely convinced that nothing is 
more important than being a Chris- 
tian. We must believe in a real 
heaven and hell and be confident 
that Jesus is God's provision for sav- 
ing a lost world from the penalty of 
sin. We must also know that our 
sins are forgiven and that we are no 
longer slaves to sin, but slaves to 
righteousness — free to pursue 
righteousness. Knowing these 
things gives us real peace regardless 
of our circumstances, an inner peace 
that comes only from God. 

Then we must spend time daily 
learning more about God and what 
He expects of us. 
We do this by 
praying, read- 
ing our Bibles, 
and worshiping 
God in the fel- 
lowship of other 

Paul was con- 
vinced of these 
truths and he 
spent time 

deepening his 
knowledge of 
God. As a re- 
sult, he was a 
good and faith- 
ful witness. But 
many Chris- 
tians today are 
weak in these 
basic beliefs 
and fail to take 
measures to 
grow in the 
faith. As a re- 
sult, they are 
about witness- 
ing. But the 
Christian who, 
like Paul, 

dwells on spiritual things cannot 
help but share his or her faith. 

When we set aside any part of this 
faith and practice for any reason, we 
will not feel comfortable being wit- 
nesses. No one can be enthusiastic 
about something that isn't working 
and bringing joy to his or her life. 
And who can be a witness to a way 
of life about which he or she knows 
so little from personal experience? 

Athletic events, vacations, cars — 
we all get excited about these 
things. But they have no lasting 
value. Why not get excited about the 
faith, which has eternal worth? 

Some people feel they just don't 
have the ability to speak out. They 
think others are more educated or 
more proficient speakers and can do 
it better. But God doesn't care how 
educated or how eloquent we Eire. 
Rather, He is concerned about what 
we do with what we have — how we 
use the good gifts He has given us. 
For this He holds us accountable. 

Paul's example stands as an inspi- 
ration to all believers. But in God's 
eyes, whoever serves Him to the full 
extent of his or her ability becomes 
as important a witness as Paul, [t] 

Ck^tumUii U. . . 


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December 1986 


Reversing the Trend 

Charles Beekley, Director of Christian Education for The Brethren Church, 
describes three programs of the Board of Christian Education aimed at 
helping revitalize Brethren Sunday schools. 

A YEAR AGO in this space I pre- 
sented a review of ten years of 
worship and Sunday school attend- 
ance in The Brethren Church. The 
figures were not very promising for 
the long-term health of our Sunday 
schools, nor — by inference — for 
the church in general. The figures 
revealed a continuing decline in 
Sunday school attendance over the 
ten-year period with a net decrease 
of about 1,400 in the number of 
people involved in the primary disci- 
pling tool of the church. 

Unfortimately, the additional sta- 
tistical year we now have available 
for consideration does nothing to 
offset the trend. During 1985 attend- 
ance at Brethren Sunday schools 
continued to decline — by an aver- 
age of 106 people, to be precise. 

The Board of Christian Education 
of The Brethren Chiu-ch has begun 
several programs to do its part in 
helping to revitalize Sunday schools. 


One of these programs is PROC- 
ESS 80 — a self-evaluation proce- 
dure for local churches, primarily 
covering the area of Christian Edu- 
cation, but actually including the 
entire program of the church. The 
"process" is rather simple: a steering 
committee of church leaders meets 
from time to time (usually monthly) 
to work through a series of diagnos- 
tic tools. Sometimes research assign- 
ments have been made at an earlier 
meeting to obtain facts to assist in 
the "diagnosis" or analysis of a 
given area of church life. Then a 
structured analysis is undertaken, 
with recommendations usually 
forthcoming about changes that 


might need to take place in the 
ministry of the church in order for it 
to be more effective in its mission. 

A plan of aclicn ieac'ing lo peisonal and corporate 

nrnvAyth through the ministry nt I hp .^iinii^^v '-.'-hor^l 

In most cases the rec